MAR 09, 2020
The season has been going on for a long time, its end is unpredictable in light of the coronavirus, yet the Atomic athletes are unimpressed and in top form. Atomic superstar Simen Hegstad Krueger showed a season-best performance in the 50 km Classic mass start race at Holmenkollen near Oslo, finishing 2nd and missing the victory by a mere 0.9 seconds. And next gen Redster racer Hugo Lapalus, who had consistently been strong in the World Cup, crowned his successful season with the bronze medal in the 15 km Classic event at the U23 World Championships. Redster Nordic Combined athlete Fabian Rießle secured place 2 in the season’s last race, landing in 5th position in the overall World Cup.
“Due to its proximity to Oslo, smog, and fog, the Holmenkollen course puts the material to the test like no other venue. The fact that Simen said himself that this past weekend’s competition was his strongest all season, is great feedback for the material and race support by the Atomic crew,” Peter Landl, Nordic Race Manager, states with pride. Krueger is currently in 4th position in both the Distance ranking and the overall World Cup. As of yet, it’s uncertain which competitions will still take place this winter due to the spreading coronavirus.
Fabian Rießle, the strongest Nordic Combined athlete in the Atomic team, concluded his World Cup season with a 2nd place in Oslo, ending up in 5th position in the overall standings. His Redster teammates Manuel Faisst and Lukas Greiderer also gave proof of their skills with confidence boosting positions (7 and 10) for next year’s World Championship season.
The next gen Redster racers will certainly have a say at the major events next season too: Hugo Lapalus, who has made a big step forward this winter with strong performances in the World Cup, gave proof of his talent at the U23 World Championships in Oberwiesenthal, winning the bronze medal in the 15 km Classic race – ahead of his Redster team mates Janosch Brugger and Leo Johansson.