FEB 06, 2017
29 Redsters will be in St. Moritz and receive full support from the 20 person strong Atomic team.
A total of 13 service experts, two of them exclusively for boot fitting, a complete test team for speed and sports management, will support the Redster athletes from 13 nations. First on site: the The three person test team, which is already traveling to the Engadin on Thursday. "In the days leading up to the first competition, some weather fronts are expected to come through with snowfall. The more challenging the conditions, the more important are the ski tests", explains Atomic Race Manager Christian Höflehner. Preparations for the big event have been going on since the World Cup finals in March. "Accreditations, logistics, positioning of the test tracks and wax containers - we left nothing to chance." The accommodations are also important. Christian Höflehner: "Proximity is crucial - so we’re all going to stay in the team hotels."
Roughly four tons of equipment - 40 pairs of skis for Marcel Hirscher alone weigh 400 kilos. They’re transported to the Engadin with a convoy of small buses. "This is how we maintain maximum flexibility. And when it's needed, the Atomic Headquarter is also only five hours away." There the next Redster generation is prepared for all possible cases - athletes can already use the next generation of the ski material development during the World Championship.
Statistical facts: 36 Atomic athletes have scored points this World Cup winter so far, 29 of them will compete for World Championship medals in St. Moritz. The largest contingent is Austria with eight Atomic racers. If we look at the previous podium result in the World Cup (47 in 53 races = 89 percent), the Rester Unit will have precious metal in all ten World Championship competitions. Marcel Hirscher was in the "medal ranks" 14 times already, Mikaela Shiffrin 10 times and Sofia Goggia 9 times in 2016/17. With Tina Weirather, Peter Fill, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Max Franz, Travis Ganong, Stephanie Venier, Mattias Hargin and Nils Hintermann. Marcel will race five times in St. Moritz just like Aleksander Aamodt Kilde – also in the Super-G. Race Manager Höflehner: "In his current shape, he’s always likely to win a medal. Above all, the knowledge of the conditions on the racetrack provides valuable conclusions for the Giant Slalom. "
The 44th Alpine Ski World Championship starts on Monday and Tuesday with the Super-Gs for women and men.