JAN 16, 2017
Come freak weather or a flood of cancellations - the Redster team carves through the winter wonderland three weeks before the opening in St. Moritz already in World Championship shape.
They have the fortune of the bold: Besides second places by Tina Weirather and Marcel Hirscher, Niels Hintermann raced to his first World Cup triumph in the combination at the Lauberhorn unexpectedly and favored by the weather.
The 21-year-old Atomic youngster landed a big coup in his 14th World Cup race. As the 23rd of the slalom, the plainsman from the canton of Zurich seized the opportunity, only two numbers behind him a heavy snowfall started – and the Swiss home victory was perfect already. "Respect! Others also had good conditions, Niels just took his chance perfectly", says Atomic Race Manager Christian Höflehner. "You'll hear a lot from Niels. He has a great feeling for fast corners, but doesn’t take risks blindly, he enhances on new tracks from race to race. Niels has Atomic in his blood, he’s a huge fan of the brand and keeps in very close contact with the headquarters." 1-2-2: The Hintermann surprise victory was followed less surprisingly on Sunday by redster podium finishes number 33 and 34 by Tina Weirather and Marcel Hirscher.
REDSTER EVOLUTION PUSHES MARCEL TO THE NEXT LEVEL
The World Cup leader (currently 281 points ahead) was only missing 15 hundredths of a second at the 102nd podium finish of his career after achieving the best time of the race in the finals. Marcel already laughed for the 12th time in a victory picture this season and owes his latest development step to the material. "We’ve changed a detail of the construction of the ski which adds a touch of smoothness to the punch", Christian Höflehner explains. "Either we’re very close to the next performance level, or we’ve already reached it." Manuel Feller achieved the third best time in the first run but was affected by bad luck: Gate straddle, disqualification. Atomic Race Manager comforts: "Manuel will not be slowed down by this. At the top, you can only interfere with merciless attack, good job he doesn’t use tactics."
ATOMIC-LADIES ON CRYSTAL COURSE IN ALL DISCIPLINES
Tina Weirather owed the second place in Zauchensee to her physiotherapist, who had been able to get her fit in time after a knee injury suffered on New Year's Day. There she also benefited from the findings of the Atomic test team, which runs its permanent test track a mere ten kilometers away on Fageralm. Nicol Delago (ITA / 21) caused a lot of happy faces with her 9th place and the best performance of her carrer so far. Snowboard world champion Ester Ledecka caught attention with a best time in training. Mikaela Shiffrin (overall lead, slalom lead, second in GS), Sofia Goggia (third Downhill) and Tina Weirather (second in the Super-G standings) are three Atomic Ladies on Crystall course.
The men's team now moves to Kitzbühel and Schladming in Austria, the ladies to Garmisch (one downhill, one Super G).