MAR 13, 2017
Right after the Marcel Hirscher festivals in Kranjska Gora (one victory, three Crystal Globes), the Redster unit carved on the wave of success in Squaw Valley.
On top once again: Mikaela Shiffrin, who achieved her seasons 10 and 11 victories and brought home the 4th Slalom Crystal Globe two days before her 22nd birthday. The Overall World Cup victory should also be a mere formality.
The festivities should last for a while. Starting from Wednesday, the final decision about the crystal globes is to be expected daily. In order to be mathematically on the safe side, Redster icon Mikaela Shiffrin still needs 22 points. Only if her one remaining pursuer wins each of the four remaining races, though.
“In our thoughts, we’re already looking forward to winning both overall world cup globes. For the first time in 15 years. A terrific success for Atomic. And an expression of how we live the racing sport.”
MIKAELA AND MARCEL: A PARALLEL EXERCISE TOWARDS THE HALL OF FAME
No doubt: Mikaela Shiffrin has now reached the peak after Olympic gold and three World Championship titles. And yet it will only be an intermediate stop as she’s still on a roll.
With now 31 World Cup victories, she already ranks 9th on the everlasting leaderboard. By comparison, Lindsey Vonn had won four World Cup races on her 22nd birthday. Christian Höflehner: "Mikaela is unique. And yet I recognize parallels to Marcel Hirscher. Especially in terms of learning processes as well as the medium and long-term strategy. She also liked to expand her repertoire to the speed disciplines. But then she noticed that this step physically demands a lot. So she was increasingly relying on her own strengths. This is a path that has also led Marcel to lasting success."
Before the start of the World Cup in Aspen, the season balance already shines in the most beautiful red tones. Twelve World Championship medals for the Redster crew, four World Cup Globes have already been secured, another is ready to be picked up. And Peter Fill and Tina Weirather are fighting for more trophies on Wednesday (Men's Downhill) and Thursday (Ladies Super-G). The 35-year-old South Tyrolean will focus on a successful title defense, the 27-year-old lady from Liechtenstein chases her first Crystal Globe.