JAN 22, 2018
Once again the Atomic top performers could be relied on again this weekend. Sofia Goggia delivered an impressive win in downhill N° 1 on her home race course in Cortina and Mikaela Shiffrin completed a Redster dominated podium with her third place. In Kitzbühel Marcel Hirscher delivered the highlight with his 2nd place and broke the 1,000 points barrier in the World Cup.
Marcel fought hard for his 118th World Cup place on the podium on the Ganslern slope. There were several challenges to master: the snow conditions, weather and the tricky way the course was set in the 1st run. “Two degrees warmer or colder could make all the difference. Or whether the snow crystals had a rougher structure or not, this winter Marcel often made the right choice. Today we only managed this in the final. We have to accept that. After five wins in a row Marcel can also handle second place for a change”, joked Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner. The World Cup defending champion is now leading in the overall standings by 154 points.
Four other Redster racers made the Top 20 in Marcel’s shadow. After two consecutive mistakes in the 1st run Manuel Feller was only 13th, but then fought his way back up to 5th place after a courageous run to catch up. “He’s ensured his place in the first starting group, he did everything right”, praised Höflehner. In the downhill Andreas Sander stood out on the Hahnenkamm and managed 6th place, in the absence of Max Franz who was ill. The team colleague of the sensational winner Dreßen was on course for a place on the podium, until the last section time, but still managed to achieve his best downhill result in the World Cup so far.
THE GREAT SOFIA-GOGGIA-SHOW WITH A FEW MISHAPS
On the Tofana on Friday Sofia Goggia excited not only the home crowds with her fourth World Cup win (including three best section times). Christian Höflehner: “If you consider that she made a mistake at the top you can deduce that Sofia is at least on a par with Lindsey Vonn for speed. But she can spare both herself and us from the scary moments from Saturday and Sunday.” The local fighter took over the lead in the downhill standings. Mikaela Shiffrin is still in on the act, as she’s only 13 points down. Atomic Race Director Höflehner “Her third place in the 1st downhill has almost been neglected a little bit. This is completely unjustified, as Mikaela hasn’t had one day of downhill training since Lake Louise and even so straightaway she still managed a place on the podium. An amazing performance! And the proof that she is now really a podium racer in all five disciplines.” Also in Pyeongchang? “Well we’re definitely taking the material for all the competitions with us.”
In the wake of the successful Redster racers Stephanie Venier raced to two eighth places (her second best downhill result ever) and qualified to be nominated for the Olympics.
The next events for the Redster crew are starting again on Tuesday with the night race in Schladming and the ladies giant slalom on the Kronplatz.