This Atomic team has got fighting spirit. While the Redster unit had come to the World Championships in Cortina d´Ampezzo with a weakened lineup – top speed stars Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Sofia Goggia as well as young Norge stars Lucas Braathen and Adrian Smiseth Sejersted were missing – the Redster racers took home a total of eight medals and are now ready to go into the 20-21 World Cup’s final phase. Winning four medals in all of her four 2021 World Champs starts, super woman Mikaela Shiffrin added more pages to her jam-packed record book: she has claimed 11 medals in 13 World Champs races so far, 6 of them gold. Mikaela is turning 26 in three weeks.
He is a silent hero, and still the world's best shooter in Biathlon: Simon Eder leads the current shooting statistics with an impressive score of 95% hits this season. That one missed shot in the 15k event at the Biathlon World Championships in Pokljuka might have cost “Sam” another individual medal, however, by no means does this affect his exceptional career rich of ups and downs. Eder, who will celebrate his 38th birthday on February 23, again is not returning from Pokljuka with empty hands, taking home silver in the mixed relay at the start of the World Champs – because “Silver Simon” is still a world-class athlete in his sport.
The ISMF World Cup in Val Martello in South Tyrol can be regarded as a rehearsal for the ski mountaineering World Championships at the beginning of March. The Backland athletes showed once more that they are in excellent shape for the coming season highlight. Rémi Bonnet achieved a second place at the individual race, Davide Magnini and Iwan Arnold also ranked at the top with two 4th places respectively.
What a dream start to the week for the Redster racers: at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d´Ampezzo the golden combo of Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Schwarz struck two gold medals in the Combination – both on the same day. A mega Monday with the Redster racers all fired up! Claiming her 6th career world title Mikaela Shiffrin’s record is unbelievable: in eleven World Championship races she has collected a total of nine medals, including Super-G bronze last week. Marco Schwarz climbed the top of the podium for the first time in his World Champs career in Cortina, having won two bronze medals and one team silver at the 2019 World Championships in Are.
This winter is anything but ordinary: first the pandemic, then an unprecedented number of injuries ahead of the Ski World Championships in Cortina d´Ampezzo … never before has Atomic had to cope with this many absences of medal favorites. However, the Redster team spirit makes up for a lot: While Sofia Goggia, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, and Nicole Delago have been watching the World Champs from home due to injuries, Mikaela Shiffrin and Andreas Sander took home two speed medals. The team is psyched.
Ahead of the “big players’” Nordic Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf starting next week, Atomic’s next gen Nordic athletes have delivered big time at the Junior/U23 World Champs in Vuokatti (Finland). Atomic young star Hugo Lapalus won gold in the 15k freestyle event on his Redster equipment – and there is a couple of new names on the Cross-country horizon to keep in mind for the future, too …
It feels good to be in top form ahead of the Nordic World Ski Championships. At the Nordic Combined World Cup in Klingenthal, Redster athletes Fabian Riessle and Lukas Greiderer demonstrated once again: from February 23 they will be contenders for medals in Oberstdorf. Sprinting to 2nd and 4th place in the Cross-Country World Cup on home turf in Ulricehamn, Sweden, Atomic rising star Johanna Hagstroem and teammate Hanna Falk (having recovered from a complicated spinal disc surgery) are likely to be nominated for the World Championships, too.
The World Cup season continues to go very well for the Backland athletes. At the third World Cup in the French village of Flaine they could secure further 3 podiums and 2 more top 10 places. Davide Magnini placed second at the individual race on day one, Daniel Zugg and Ana Alonso Rodriguez also achieved a 2nd place each at the sprint race on day two.