MAR 08, 2021
What an impressive feat! At the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf the Redster Nordic Team claimed medals in almost all events that saw Atomic athletes with medal chances compete. A tremendous outcome with nine World Championship medals and superstar Simen Hegstad Krueger on the podium in each of his races: silver in the Skiathlon, silver in the 15k freestyle, bronze in the 50k classic mass start on the final day! A success story also owed to the Atomic ski developers and tech crews who designed the new Redster S9 Gen S racing model – rounded out by six further “team player medals” that made the Nordic Redster stars shine in Oberstdorf.
Peter Landl, Nordic Manager at Atomic, is full of praise for his team: “With the situation surrounding corona, preparation was difficult for everyone; especially for our team members from Norway, who had to get by without being able to benchmark against the competition in the World Cup throughout most of the winter. The fact that the Norwegians were hardly ever at the start until just before the World Champs made things difficult for the rest of the world, too, in terms of performance assessment. For this reason alone, our record of Oberstdorf with nine medals is a historic success.” In addition to the perfect material setup with the new high-performance Redster S9 Gen S skis, for instance, it was key to be in perfect shape on day X – Simen Hegstad Krueger’s track record proves he definitely was: three races, three medals.
Superstar Simen will turn 28 on March 13 – his birthday, by the way, is on the same day as Mikaela Shiffrin’s, his female counterpart in alpine racing.
“Silver in the Skiathlon with a mere 1.1 seconds behind was awesome. The fact that Simen also grabbed silver in the 15k event and in the 50k classic mass start on the final day – the ultimate in Cross-Country racing – shows what an exceptional athlete he is. So far, he has competed seven times at Olympic Games and World Championships and he has won six medals.”
GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE: ATOMIC TEAMPLAYER POWER
In her World Champs debut young star Johanna Hagstroem (22) landed in an unwanted 4th place in the sprint, while all other "Atomic team players" delivered on point in their team competitions: The two strongest Atomic Combined athletes Lukas Greiderer (gold in the team sprint, bronze in the team event) and Fabian Riessle (bronze in the team sprint, silver with team Germany) contributed four medals to the Atomic medal count. Tiril Udnes Weng won gold in the 4 x 5k pursuit with team Norway, Hugo Lapalus claimed bronze in the 4 x 10k relay with France. Along with Anne Kjersti Kalvaa, who landed in strong 6th place in the 30k classic race (mass start), these two are high potentials in the Atomic Nordic Team for the years to come. Like Anastasya Faleeva, Moa Hansson, Jonas Vika, Hanna Abrahamsson and Johan Herbert, who recently took home Redster medals at the Junior/U23 World Champs. Peter Landl: "The generation mix in our team is also right, that makes us extremely confident for the next few years."