MAR 01, 2018
With the closing ceremony on Sunday the glory days for the Redster units in Pyeongchang came to an end. The more than satisfactory overall results: 7x Gold, 2x Silver and 2x Bronze medals. As expected the lion’s share came from the Alpine experts: Marcel Hirscher (Alpine Combined and Giant Slalom), Ester Ledecka (Super G), Mikaela Shiffrin (Giant Slalom) and Sofia Goggia (Downhill) who earned half of all the Alpine Olympic wins for Atomic.
Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner admitted “I have never been so excited watching a snowboard race”, after Ester Ledecka had delivered the first historic sporting highlight of the games. An Olympic winner in two different sports that’s a stroke of genius that needs to be repeated. “It was probably THE story of the games. It was great that Atomic could make a decisive contribution to this”.
Sofia Goggia also managed to complete sporting history after one or two setbacks in the first Olympic week. Several days before the speed event Christian Höflehner was already sure that something would turn up. And actually, the 25 year old managed to become the first Italian downhill Olympic female winner ever. Smiling from ear to ear the golden girl said “I was focused like a samurai, not as chaotic as normal” who by the way celebrated her first World Cup win on exactly the same run 11 months beforehand.
Mikaela Shiffrin pounced in the first week of the Olympic Games: Gold in the giant slalom followed by Silver in the combined for the now twice Olympic champion.
But the most successful Alpine Olympic participant was Marcel Hirscher with two Gold medals; the one in the combined was the last one to be given in this discipline. Race Manager Höflehner: “Now the last blank spots on Marcel’s success card have been filled. His mission has been completed and the perfect career has become reality.”
EVEN MORE HAPPY ENDS: WILL 8 CRYSTAL GLOBES FOLLOW 7 MEDALS?
The golden era of Pyeongchang is reflected impressively in the Alpine brand medals table: 1st place with 5x Gold, 1x Silver and 1x Bronze (Katharina Gallhuber), additionally the Redster racers made up 50% of the ÖSV-team, who achieved Silver in the team competition (Gallhuber, Schwarz, Feller). “The results are even more exceptional, as we didn’t win where we thought we had the best chances, namely in both slaloms and the ladies’ combined. But Atomic wouldn’t be Atomic, if we didn’t, even with all the joy and happiness about the successful results, weren’t tinkering about with the equipment weeding out the weaknesses”, commented Christian Höflehner.
With the aim of reaping in even more success in the remaining three weeks of the World Cup. At the end up to eight out of twelve crystal globes could be held by the Redster athletes in Åre. Then this weekend the races in Kranjska Gora (Mens / GS + Slalom) and Crans Montana (Ladies / Super G + combined) are on the World Cup calendar. Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher also have the opportunity to successfully defend and wrap up their titles in the overall World Cup rankings.
SIMEN HEGSTAD KRUEGER: 3 MEDALS AT HIS OLYMPIC DEBUT
Even in the Nordic camp one Atomic athlete counted as one of the most successful athletes of these games. Simen Hegstad Krueger triumphed in the opening competition at his first Olympic Games, a dramatic skiathlon over 7.5 + 7.5 km, where he crashed in the first few minutes, got up again in 60th place, to finally overtake the field from behind to take Gold. After Silver in the 15 km skating and as the third athlete in the Norwegian team relay the 24 year old played a decisive part in their first Olympic win in the relay since 2006.
In the freestyle events Nico Porteus has been talked about a lot. After his Bronze medal in the halfpipe the 16-year old athlete can call himself “Youngest New Zealand Olympic medal winner ever”. “The second run was the best in my life. I can’t do any more at the moment. That’s why it wasn’t easy to leave out on the third run. Even at the risk of losing the medal.”