After difficult phases in his career he has changed a lot, even his material set up. That was the right decision as quality always pays off in the long run: Evgeniy Belov, the new addition to the Atomic Nordic Team from Russia celebrated his first win on Atomic in his second race in the cross-country World Cup 15km freestyle in Davos. As he always believed in himself.
A legendary Giant Slalom course on the World Cup circuit is the “Gran Risa” in Alta Badia, where only the best of the best win. Nobody has ever won as masterfully as Marcel Hirscher: his 2.53 second lead over the rest of the world’s best is now a new record. For the Redster superstar himself it was his 61st World Cup win, further confirmation that everything is under control. A small secret behind Marcel’s magic Giant Slalom performance is codenamed “Bambi”…
Simon Eder’s return to the Atomic Nordic Unit has started as a success story. In Pokljuka, Slovenia, the Redster biathlete didn’t miss a shot all week, 3rd in the individuals, ninth in the sprint, fourth in the pursuit: a great week in really difficult conditions. Strong performance also by the Atomic cross-country athletes: Evgeniy Belov came in fourth over 30 kilometres freestyle in his first Redster appearance, and second with the Russian relay team at the World Cup in Beitostølen (NOR); Simen Hegstad Krueger came seventh in the 30 km race and third in the relay.
The Atomic stars Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher are definitely still the benchmarks in Alpine racing. Whilst Marcel Hirscher celebrated his 60th World Cup win to-date, in the same place as his debut victory back in 2009, Mikaela Shiffrin demonstrated her class in St. Moritz. Her maximum points with wins in the Super G and parallel slalom, just like Marcel’s jubilee win, prove that the Atomic support in the background is working perfectly. 3 races, 3 wins, the stars are in Redster flow: both of them are leading the Overall World Cup classification. A glance behind the scenes shows what’s making them stronger.
What a memorable weekend for the Redster Nordic Unit! With five Top 3 places in three different disciplines the Atomic cracks proved their remarkable early season form at the beginning of the World Championship winter. The man of the day: Janosch Brugger. The 21 year old German was “Winner of the Day” in the classic pursuit in Lillehammer.
Mikaela Shiffrin can tick off her next career dream. Thanks to her win in the Super-G in Lake Louise she is now the 7th female athlete in history to have won in all five disciplines. The Redster cracks also showed their claws on the Birds of Prey slope in Beaver Creek: three second places by Mauro Caviezel (downhill and Super-G) as well as Marcel Hirscher (GS) just whet your appetite for the next races over in Europe.
The Redster Nordic Unit didn’t have to be asked twice at the World Cup opening in Ruka, Finland. The newly assembled team for the Nordic combined kicked off with an especially impressive start to the season.
Only four races into the winter season in the Ladies World Cup and the Redster rocket Mikaela Shiffrin is already 114 points ahead of the rest of the world. In the third edition of her home race in Killington (USA) the 23 year old kept a clean slate in the slalom in thick fog and won for the third time in a row in Vermont. In the Men’s speed opening in Lake Louise Mauro Caviezel surprised everyone coming in third place.
Now it’s nearly official for the competitors: you wouldn’t notice that the current Alpine stars have had a break from the racing action. Marcel Hirscher and Mikaela Shiffrin are preparing to dictate the World Championship winter 2018/19 from the top again. In Levi, Finland, the Redster rockets carved their way to their respective 3rd slalom win in a row and 3rd win in the Arctic Circle since 2013 and 2016.
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