FEB 29, 2016
6 days, 4 races, 320 points. After the let down in Japan Marcel Hirscher is back to old form.
At the city event in Stockholm and the following World Cup triple in Hinterstoder, the Redster ace sparked fire and increased the margin of his lead in the overall standings to 283 points. The icing on the cake for the Atomic team was the victory of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in the Super G who is now well on the way to capturing the discipline globe.
In the week before his 27th birthday Marcel Hirscher already had lots of reason to celebrate. His sixth victory of the season in Stockholm was followed by three podiums in Hinterstoder (second place in both GS events and third place in Super G). With his podium results number 13 to 15 he only needs three more of those in the remaining six races to equal his all-time-record from season 2012/13. In his career so far the Redster hero racked up 87 podiums in a total of 172 races which amounts to an incredible podium percentage of 50.6%. With a total of 1365 points at the moment Marcel is only 170 points short of his career high score.
HÖFLEHNER: „MARCEL MORE CONSISTENT THAN EVER BEFORE“
With respect to the historic goal of winning his fifth straight overall globe Marcel Hirscher is now sitting on a comfortable lead with a margin of 283 points. Despite Pinturault’s winning-hattrick Marcel is also still leading in the GS-World Cup by 131 points. “Anyway, we’re not gonna settle back. We’ll continue to work at full speed”, said Hirscher. Should he keep pace this weekend in Kranjska Gora (two GS on Friday and Saturday and a Slalom on Sunday) the race for the big globe might be over before the season’s finale in St. Moritz. Atomic-Race Director Christian Höflehner: “If you take a closer look at the past five years, there have always been competitors like Ligety, Neureuther, Kristoffersen or Pinturault now that have challenged Marcel big time. It’s always easier to charge as a hunter in one discipline than consistently keeping the level high as the frontrunner. But this is exactly where Marcel is outshining everyone being broader positioned today and more consistent than his peers.”
ALEKSANDER AAMODT KILDE: SECOND WIN, LOFTY GOALS
Team Atomic is also celebrating the birth of a new superstar who has all the ingredients to becoming a potential overall-winner in the future. After his debut win in the downhill of Garmisch, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also captured victory in the Super-G of Hinterstoder. One day later with the second best time in the final run the 23-year-old Norwegian carved to his best career finish (16th place) in a GS on Sunday. Christian Höflehner: “We knew that Aleks has the potential to become a big shot, but we are all a little surprised that he’s living up to it already this season.” Like his Atomic-teammate Peter Fill in the downhill discipline Kilde is approaching the last two Super-G events with high hopes of winning the globe. Both of them are trailing the still injured Aksel Lund Svindal by 25 and 26 points respectively, but lead the rest of the healthy pack by 67 and 69 points. With a strong finish four of six globes in the men’s circuit might end up in the Altenmarkt headquarter.
“ It goes to show that our success is not only limited to the performance of Marcel but also based on the skills of the rest of the team and our equipment!”
ATOMIC-ALPINE-ROOKIE LEDECKA WINS SNOWBOARD-WORLD CUP
One other Atomic-racer has already two crystal globes in the pocket: Ester Ledecka. The 21-year-old Alpine-rookie (four times in the Top 30 in her first five races) secured in Kayseri, Turkey, the trophies for the overall World Cup and PGS World Cup in her domain Snowboard. Her Alpine-teammate Sofia Goggia (ITA) achieved her best career result with a fourth place in the Super-G of Soldeu (AND). In tough conditions Redster-icon Mikaela Shiffrin finished in 8th place in the Combined event and now looks forward to targeting her next victory this weekend in Jasna (GS and Slalom).