FEB 01, 2016
Good News Everywhere. Powerhouse Alexander Aamodt Kilde rippled his muscles big time in Garmisch racking up the 10th win of the season for the Redster-unit.
Also the rest of the speed team demonstrated strength as well as Tina Weirather wo finished third in Maribor. Meanwhile the comeback of Slalom queen Mikaela Shiffrin seems right around the corner.
GARMISCH-WINNER KILDE: EVEN STRONGER THAN SVINDAL!
A challenging race track, bad visibility and a race practically in the books for the unexpected man of the race Bostjan Kline. However, with starting number 30 Atomic rising star Alexander Aamodt Kilde flew down the Kandahar turning the rankings upside down. “Now that was fun”, smiled the 23-year-old powerhouse from Norway after the wild ride celebrating his first win of the 2015/16 World Cup season. Not even his compatriot Aksel Svindal can match his stats when it comes to power. Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner emphasizes the fast rise of his protégé: “Before the season there were only two athletes born after 1990 in the Top-30 of the downhill-rankings. And now a ‘92 is winning such a challenging downhill race.” The Redster service crew did a prime job to provide perfectly tuned equipment to land their 10th victory of the season. “With a bumpy piste like here you need damp and stable material in order to being able to attack”, adds Höflehner. “The intermediates in the flat sections speak volumes.”
“ALEX MAY BE THE NEXT SUPER VIKING!”
Behind Kilde the whole Redster speed team showed strength also in Garmisch: Kitzbühel Champion Peter Fill finished in 11th place, Travis Ganong came in 6th and Andreas Sander landed his best career result in 8th spot. The 26-year-old German was full of praise for his teammate Kilde: “What Kristoffersen is doing in the technical disciplines, Kilde will do in the speed disciplines in the next few years.” Race Director Höflehner endorses Sander’s assessment: “Alexander is capable of prolonging the tradition of the Super Vikings. He may become one of the truly great ones, but we’re not going to put any pressure on him. In the speed world it takes a lot of experience and we want him to get to the top one step after the other.”
RACE HORSE SHIFFRIN PAWING IN THE STARTING GATES
At the final rehearsal for the Asia tour Marcel Hirscher was condemned to inactivity. The GS in Garmisch had to be cancelled due to heavy rain and spring-like temperatures. The same scenario happened in Maribor where the Slalom was aborted after 25 starters. On Saturday Tina Weirather kicked off the successful weekend for the Redster-team with a third place finish in the GS in Slovenia. It was her fourth podium of the season. Michi Kirchgasser improved to 7th spot in the final run beating overall winner Viktoria Rebensburg in that heat by 1,6 seconds.
The Atomic Ladies department might soon (in two or three weeks) get some additional support. After a first on-snow training last Wednesday without any pain Mikaela Shiffrin is expecting a 10-day-visit from her Atomic-Serviceman Kim Erlandsson. Right after that a decision will be made when the Olympic champion returns to the World Cup circuit. The options are Jasna at the beginning of March, Soldeu or even Stockholm (City Event on the 23rd of February). Christian Höflehner: “As soon as Mikaela is fully recovered, she will be back without any regard for injury status or other tactical manoeuvers. She is a race horse which cannot be retained. She finds it hard to just sit around at home.”