MAR 18, 2019
They have written the most beautiful chapters in skiing history again, this World Championship winter. They have celebrated so many wins in a row, set up world records and rocked the ski circus 18 / 19 right up to the last minute. The Atomic stars, were, are and remain a benchmark in ski racing and one fact explains everything: both the new and ‘old’ Overall World Cup winners Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher together have picked up 7 out of 11 possible Crystal Globes. Wow! Together with the rest of the cool Redster gang they’ve won 30 out of 73 World Cup races and have skied onto the podium 53 times.
And by all accounts, the athletes from the Atomic team came back home from the Ski World Championships in Åre with nine medals, three Gold, three Silver and three Bronze. THANKS, Team Atomic, for this absolutely amazing season! With a final review and first outlook by Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner, as the countdown for the new World Cup season starts after every finale in the World Cup…
MORE THAN IMPRESSIVE: 2 HEROES PICK UP 7 OUT OF 11 CRYSTAL GLOBES
Currently he’s the most successful team boss in the ski business: Christian Höflehner former personal coach of the best ski racers in the world; is now Global Race Manager at Atomic and mentor and mastermind behind the power team in ski racing. And personal advisor for ski performance for the historical, exceptional athletes in skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher have won the Overall, Slalom, and Giant Slalom Crystal Globes in the Ladies and Men’s classifications. Additionally, Mika won her first ever speed Globe in the Super G, which makes it 7 out of a possible 11 World Cup Globes. A more than impressive result! As a matter of fact, the Atomic superstars have, with all their victories, set up new world records again this season and in some cases even surpassed themselves.
“We are eyewitnesses to this historical era in ski racing. Never before have a female and male athlete from the same ski brand dominated the action as much.”
MARCEL HAS NOW CREATED HIS OWN CRYSTAL WORLD WITH 20 GLOBES
It wasn’t necessary for Marcel Hirscher to battle his way to victory at the season’s finale on unpopular spring snow, as he had already secured his victory beforehand: Overall World Cup win no 8 in a row sounds like a record for eternity. And his Crystal World with 20 Globes in total means he should remain the world cultural heritage of ski racing forever. Plus with 7 Gold and 4 Silver medals Marcel is, officially, since Åre, also the greatest World Championship hero ever.
MIKAELA IS THE SLALOM GOLD WORLD RECORD HOLDER AND ALL-ROUNDER
Hirscher’s counterpart Mikaela Shiffrin started her career as a child prodigy and set up a world record as a serial Slalom World Champion. Yes, you read correctly! Four times Gold (Schladming – Vail / Beaver Creek – St. Moritz – Åre) sounds a bit like science fiction and that she was only 23 years old at the time, makes it even more indescribable. On March 13, she turned 24 and takes off her boots after this mega season with lots of new all time records. Nobody has ever achieved 17 World Cup wins in one winter season. And the fact she won her first Super G Crystal Globe, even though she left out some races, means no-one will ever imitate her. Just like the trick that she has celebrated her 60 wins in the World Cup in all disciplines from downhill to city event. If Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins is going to be beaten by anyone in this geological age, then by her.
Christian Höflehner: “The facts speak for themselves: we, the race team, the whole company, the Group are really proud that such athletes have signed a contract with us. And it’s only possible to accompany the world’s top skiers to the top as Atomic is so committed to ski racing. One thing needs the other and that’s what makes Atomic so successful worldwide: from reception to the General Manager, all of us are passionate about ski racing.
Mikaela and Marcel are the best of the best, but not the only top-stars who are in the Redster team. The star parade carries on.
A STRONG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON FOR THE POSSIBLE HIRSCHER SUCCESSOR
After his cruciate ligament injury Marco Schwarz is making good progress in rehab. After his best World Cup winter the early end to his season in Bansko was painful, but also bearable thanks to his success to-date. He won the city event in Oslo, the Combined on the Lauberhorn in Wengen, picked up three Bronze medals in Åre, with great performances in the speed races and Slalom, as well as in the Giant Slalom for the first time. According to experts and especially Marcel Hirscher, who say that “Technically he’s one of the most holistic ski racers on the circuit, he’s the future.” At the moment Blacky is recovering from his operation.
Manuel Feller couldn’t always bring his speed onto the snow as he wanted to, but then in the final race of the winter he delivered an absolutely amazing second run, 2nd place, his best result this season! What is true for him, also applies to many others in the Atomic team: the best is still to come.
Race Manager Christian Höflehner: “Some of our athletes are ending the season under this omen and we will carry on doing everything so that they can start next season with this attitude: speed racers like Mauro Caviezel, Adrian Smiseth-Sejersted, Andreas Sander, Peter Fill, Travis Ganong and Daniel Danklmaier or young technical skiers such as Elias Kollega und Filip Zubcic.”
OH YEAH! LOTS OF REDSTER LADY POWER AND TWO WONDERFUL COMEBACKS
After her complicated broken ankle before the start of the season and three months compulsory break, Sofia Goggia, came back. Straight away she came in second twice, made her dream comeback in the Super G with a Silver medal at the World Championships and won her first downhill again in Crans Montana. We should definitely leave space for her in the first line of the results list for the speed races next season. Or for Stephanie Venier, who celebrated her première win in the Downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Or for Mirjam Puchner, who celebrated her comeback winter with a win in the last Downhill of the winter. Or for Joana Hählen, the young speed prodigy from Switzerland.
THE WORK IN THE ATOMIC RACE TEAM SIMPLY CARRIES ON
What happens once the gate closes after the last race in the season? Christian Höflehner: “Then the work for us carries on. Some athletes carry on testing, in the back up team we are working on our strategy and the service guys have their hands full trying to keep the race range for their skiers in good shape. Fortunately all the big names are still carrying on, and it’s possible that we may have additional new members for some disciplines. But, naturally, above all, we hope that after he’s had a decent break, Marcel Hirscher will discover his appetite for racing again.”