FEB 21, 2019
The Redster stars Mikaela Shiffrin, Marcel Hirscher and Marco Schwarz had hardly put away the eight medals they won together at the World Championships when they were back in the limelight at the city event in Stockholm. Last weekend the reigning Slalom World Champions ensured early on in the parallel event in the Swedish capital that the Slalom World Cup and the first small globes are in the bag. With 3rd place, Marco Schwarz also confirmed that parallel events are his thing, just like everything where fast turns count.
FROM GOLD: ONLY A SHORT STEP TO THE CRYSTAL GLOBE
Both today’s ski superstars carried on writing their success stories in a glittering chapter at the city event in Stockholm. Although there are still two slaloms to come, the Slalom World Champions have also become the Slalom World Cup winners for 2018/2019. The first small globes are in the bag - from the World Championship Gold it was only a small step to the Crystal Globe. Mikaela demonstrated that in parallel competitions it’s hard to beat her and skied confidently to her 57th World Cup win. Marcel Hirscher got through to the quarterfinals and came home in 8th place giving him 32 points to finalize the Slalom ranking for the season, which has already been decided before Kranjska Gora and Soldeu. Just two days after he was crowned the most successful World Championship skier ever.
The only one, who could have contested for 1st place in the Slalom, would have been Marco Schwarz, if he had scored good points after his interim leads. But the subjunctive is never a criterion. And, for Blacky, it has still been the best season of his life so far anyway.
ONE-WOMAN-SHOW, ONE-MAN-SHOW BUT IT’S A TEAM EFFORT
Even if Mikaela has made the Ladies Slalom World Cup a one-woman-show and Marcel has made the men’s a one-man-show, ski racing is a team sport. Never have two athletes dominated so strongly, whilst the competitors this World Championship winter have caught up a lot and the fight has become more intense especially in the Slalom. Christian Höflehner, Atomic Global Race Manager: “There are many factors, but just like Marcel Hirscher said himself recently in a long TV interview: one of the most decisive factors for success is the material, the set up, and the trust in the team and in the support. Mikaela and Marcel, they are athletes of the century, and from Atomic, we are supporting them with the best race material, which is being manufactured and tuned for them by the best. This way we are helping each other to improve and to remain at the top. This challenge starts every day again. And it’s unbelievable, how this team, this company and these athletes keep on mastering it again and again.”
And it carries on this weekend: Marcel Hirscher, Marco Schwarz, Manuel Feller and co. have travelled to Bansko in Bulgaria for the Combined (Super G + Slalom), Super G, and GS. Marcel Hirscher is competing in all three races in the final phase of the World Cup season and can trigger a preliminary decision in the GS World Cup as well.
For the Ladies it’s a speed weekend in Rosa Khutor (RUS).