DEC 09, 2019
The speed weekend impressively demonstrated the Atomic team’s strength. The Redster racers return from North America to Europe with 17 top ten results in five speed events. Particularly on the women’s side the speed opening proved to be a Redster powerplay: first World Cup victory for carving phenomenon Ester Ledecka (Olympic champion in Super-G and Snowboard), podiums for Mikaela Shiffrin, Stephanie Venier, Nicol Delago. Plus strong performances by Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Adrian Smiseth Sejersted – the next Norge super heroes?
Excellence is not a one-hit-wonder, neither on skis nor on the board: snowboard Olympic Champion, double World champion, four times overall World Cup winner and skiing Olympic champion in the Super-G of Pyeongchang, Ester Ledecka is the phenomenon in winter sports.
“This first World Cup victory in Lake Louise’s first Downhill and her 4th place in the second Downhill were an extremely important confirmation for her.”
Christian Höflehner`s prediction of a “strong speed team with many fast female athletes“ has already proven true on the kickoff weekend: Stephanie Venier coming in 3rd in the Downhill and 4th in Super-G, skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin extending her lead in the overall Word Cup with a 2nd place in the second Downhill and two 10th places, Nicol Delago finishing 2nd on the Super-G podium despite a high bib number, Mirjam Puchner coming in 5th. “All that while our strongest speed rocket Sofia Goggia hasn’t really taken off yet on Canadian snow with “only“ a 6th place in the Downhill. Once she’s confident enough again to take less risk and still triumph, the speed disciplines will be turned upside down again.“
ALEKSANDER AND ADRIAN: NEXT NORGE SUPER HEROES?
The speed guys from the Atomic Redster team might be a bit behind in terms of quantity, but not in terms of quality: coming in 2nd in the Beaver Creek Super-G, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde podiumed for the first time since his comeback on Atomic. Mauro Caviezel was again strong as 5th, Travis Ganong finished 6th, Adrian Smithet Sejersted 8th. The Downhill demonstrated who could become Next Norge super heroes in the near future – the power duo Adrian and Aleksander were close to the podium here too, with places 5 and 8. Filip Zubcic again delivered an impressive show of talent in the Giant Slalom, finishing 8th (with the 3rd fastest time in the second run).
St. Moritz (ladies) and Val d’Isere (men) are the next stops in the World Cup circuit this coming weekend.