JAN 13, 2020
The World Cup community is celebrating with Marco Schwarz: it took him only eight races to climb the podium again after coming back from his ACL tear. His 3rd place in Adelboden was an emotional highlight for the Atomic crew this past weekend. Race Manager Christian Höflehner is also pleased with the Redster ladies’ performance in the downhill of Altenmarkt-Zauchensee and with Atomic’s next generation racers getting ever closer to the world’s best.
It was a weekend without victory but with strong signs that Atomic is pursuing the right strategy. After his ACL tear and only eight World Cup races into the season Marco Schwarz is already back to old strength – and a hot favorite for top results. His podium finish as 3rd in Adelboden means a great deal to him and is a motivational boost for the classic races in Wengen, Kitzbühel and Schladming. “Things are improving run by run,“ he says, thrilled about his comeback like the whole skiing community.
FIRST PODIUM FOR FILIP, CAREER HIGHLIGHT FOR FABIO
“This weekend confirmed our team strategy: Filip Zubcic reached his first podium with a 2nd place in the GS and Fabio Gstrein got into the top ten for the first time in his career, finishing 7th in the Slalom. Eric Read performed really well in the first run of the GS and got a bit unlucky in the second; Simon Mauerberger and Lucas Braathen are quickly picking up speed and just need a bit more time to become more stable. In Wengen we’ll have seven athletes representing Atomic within the top 30. We’re a powerful team and very well-positioned for the future,“ Atomic Race Manager Christian Höflehner is highly satisfied. What’s also really positive: with his strong GS performance (5th in Adelboden) there’s still an outside chance of Atomic-homecomer Aleksander Aamodt Kilde winning the overall World Cup. Höflehner: “Kilde and Atomic are meant to be together. He’s incredibly strong in GS. With Wengen and Kitzbühel coming up, he’ll have four more opportunities to score again soon”.
THE REDSTER LADIES TEAM DELIVERS TOO
The Redster ladies in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee confirmed the team strategy as well: Nicol Delago raced to a strong 2nd place in a, due to changeable weather, rather difficult downhill, Sofia Goggia finished 4th and Ester Ledecka 8th in the same race and 6th in the Combined. “Mikaela Shiffrin is already focusing on the night race in Flachau – it’s like her European home race,“ Race Manager Höflehner looks forward to the Slalom highlight just a stone’s throw away from the Atomic headquarters. Mikaela has won that race already three times and she’s made it onto the podium every single year since 2013.