FEB 13, 2019
His performance is as reliable as his sniper rifle! Simon Eder, the charismatic biathlete star in the Redster Nordic Unit once again proved that he can be relied on even in arctic temperatures in Canmore (Canada). He came sixth in the Individuals, which was shortened from 20 to 15 kilometers because of the extreme cold, and fifth with the Austrian relay team. And it was too cold for a big grin with temperatures well under minus 20 degrees in Canmore. But the Atomic Sprint Ladies Tiril Udnes Weng (6th) und Hanna Falk (7th) were smiling after their World Cup in Lahti. Whilst the Nordic Redster Combined with Franz-Josef Rehrl, Manuel Faisst, Fabian Riessle didn’t start in Lahti in preparation for the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld.
BITINGLY COLD IN CANMORE
Freezing temperatures colder than minus 30 degrees and temperatures around the health-critical level of minus 23 degrees during the races, it was a real endurance test for the world’s top biathletes, who tried to protect themselves against the cold with face masks and tape. For Simon Eder, the Atomic star, his full beard was enough protection against the cold and he came in 6th in the Individuals back amongst the top in the world again. Despites two errors in the prone position, which were untypical for him, he came in with the twelfth best skiing time. Atomic Team Manager Peter Landl, “When it’s so cold, it’s really on the limit for the athletes, but we know that our setup is extremely fast in these cold conditions and Simon’s skiing performance really proved it.”
An interesting fact for material freaks: testing on the glacier every autumn helps us “to find the best Redster skis for cold conditions: the wind and cold make typical mountain snow, which you need to be prepared for, as we saw in Canmore yet again.”
BIG SMILES IN LAHTI
At the Sprint World Cup in Lahti the conditions were more pleasant and there were happy smiling faces for three of the Atomic Sprint Ladies. Tiril Udnes Weng made it to her first World Cup final and sprinted to 2nd place with the Norwegian relay team. And with her 7th place in the Individuals, Hanna Falk secured her place for the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld and came in third with the Swedish team sprint. Atomic super talent Johanna Hagström, who fell on her way to a medal at the Junior World Championships in Lahti two weeks ago, has made a great recovery from her experience, and came in 9th in her World Cup debut, which is something not many athletes manage to do.
SAVE ENERGY FOR HOME
The Atomic top stars in the Nordic Combined with Franz-Josef Rehrl, Manuel Faisst, and Fabian Riessle left out the World Cup weekend in Lahti to prepare specifically for the Nordic Ski Championships in Seefeld, which officially start on 20th February.