JAN 07, 2019
A New Year with new opportunities: the well-known Coronation ceremony twice for the “Snow Queen Trophy” in Zagreb: Mikaela Shiffrin was crowned for the fourth time with a huge lead, and Marcel Hirscher for the fifth time with the Glass Crown for the Slalom win. The Redster “Royal Couple” rule once again and Atomic still remains the Slalom power in the World Cup. With the exception of Madonna di Campiglio they have won all the Slalom races this World Championship winter and the superstars are not the only candidates for victory.
After World Cup win n° 64 in Zagreb with a solid 6 tenths of a second lead Marcel Hirscher said what has been foreseeable for insiders: “The air’s getting thinner now.” What the ski superstar means is he’s won other races more easily than this fifth one in Zagreb. This was partly due to his minimal insecurity in his own body balance. On the other hand, however, it’s due to the performance of his team buddies at Atomic, who are getting faster and faster in his slipstream: with two strong runs (and a lot less errors than usual) Manuel Feller carved his way to third place and climbed onto the Slalom World Cup podium next to Marcel for the first time in his career. After his interim lead Oslo winner Marco Schwarz (Hirscher: “Blacky shows where the development is going!”) was robbed of another happy experience when he straddled one of the gates. The Croatian Redster rookie Istok Rodes came in seventh again and his fellow countryman and Atomic team colleague Elias Kollega came in 20th. Marc Digruber also skied well in the first run.
In a nutshell: in the strongest slalom team in the world the Atomic athletes are permanently pushing each other.
“Our boys are setting the pace! You can see that the lines are getting tighter, the speed and risk is increasing now, with all the upcoming classic Slalom races in January and especially with an eye on the World Championship Slalom in Are.”
ATOMIC IS STILL THE SLALOM POWER IN THE WORLD CUP
Levi – Saalbach-Hinterglemm – Zagreb: Marcel Hirscher has won three Slaloms this winter, as he missed out on his 100 percent victory rate this winter (after straddling a gate in Madonna di Campiglio where he came in 26th). His Atomic counterpart Mikaela Shiffrin has won all the Slalom races this season (Levi, Killington, Courchevel, Semmering and now Zagreb), and is already 466 points in the lead in the Overall World Cup classification (Marcel has 335). Höflehner: “As usual Mikaela won confidently again with a 1.25 second lead. In the Ladies Slalom team we were missing Katharina Gallhuber, but with Chiara Mair (13th in Zagreb), Magdalena Fjällström and Katharina Huber the young Redster athletes are catching up.
They’ll get their next shot in the Night Slalom in “Atomic home territory” in Flachau. The men meanwhile are heading to Adelboden for the classic technical races this weekend.