The good news from Atomic’s Redster Nordic Unit continues: on his Redster S9 Carbon with a transparent base Simen Hegstad Krueger captured the podium for the first time in a classic World Cup race. Finishing 3rd in the 15 km pursuit race of Nove Mesto (CZE), he achieved his career-best classic result. And Simon Eder was happy about his 3rd place in the Biathlon World Cup relay race with team Austria in Ruhpolding.
Mikaela Shiffrin is an exceptional athlete in every aspect. Now that things aren’t running so smoothly it shows more than ever. She hasn’t been able to celebrate one of her “easy-peasy“ victories so far this year, even though she was really close to winning in Sestriere: in an ultra tight GS just one-hundredth of a second separated Mikaela’s 3rd place from the top of the podium; in the parallel giant slalom qualifier she skied the fastest time. It’s tighter than usual between the world’s best female technical ski racers – MIkaela might change that any time again, though.
Serial world champion on roller skis, Redster-Swede Linn Soemskar demonstrates her power on snow: in the cross-country World Cup in Dresden she finished 5th in the individual and 3rd in the team sprint. The weekend also saw strong World Cup performances of the Atomic Nordic Combined athletes in Val di Fiemme and of biathlete Simon Eder in Oberhof.
The World Cup community is celebrating with Marco Schwarz: it took him only eight races to climb the podium again after coming back from his ACL tear. His 3rd place in Adelboden was an emotional highlight for the Atomic crew this past weekend. Race Manager Christian Höflehner is also pleased with the Redster ladies’ performance in the downhill of Altenmarkt-Zauchensee and with Atomic’s next generation racers getting ever closer to the world’s best.
Simen Hegstad Krueger’s latest Tour de Ski was anything but “easy-peasy”. Despite his recent 15k victory in Davos, things did not go according to plan in his favorite discipline, the 15k – neither in Toblach nor in Val di Fiemme. But a true champ never gives up: Krueger triumphed in the last race of the Tour with an impressive finish on the legendary final climb towards Alpe Cermis, earning him a 5th place in the overall Tour de Ski ranking.
The kickoff to this season’s Skimountaineering World Cup took place in Aussois in the French national park Vanoise. The Backland athletes were able to deliver outstanding performances, above all Iwan Arnold, who celebrated a victory in the Sprint competition and Junior Paul Verbnjak, who left the event with two second places.
What a weekend for Atomic’s Redster Cross-Country team! Simen Hegstad Krueger won the 15k race in Davos, the Cross-Country World Cup’s third stop. While in South Tirol’s Vinschgau valley Russian Ermil Vokuev grabbed the Venosta victory on his Redster C9 – right in his first race of the Ski Classics Pro Tour.
It was razor-thin, mega strong and extremely cool: Sofia Goggia’s triumph in the Super-G of St. Moritz was not only super tight – with a lead of only one hundredth of a second – it was also soothing. With the Redster double podium, thanks to Mikaela Shiffrin’s 3rd place, everyone in the Atomic team now looks forward to more speed thrillers this season. The female Super-G’s hero, however, was a man.
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?