MAR 21, 2016
With a lot of red on the board, the Redster race unit ends the season in style with four crystal globes: two for Marcel Hirscher, one for Peter Fill and one for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. Eighteen victories, 43 podiums, and quite a few broken records definitely inspire confidence for the upcoming World Championship season in 2016/17. After 25 fantastic World Cup seasons, the last five on the side of Marcel Hirscher, it is now time to say goodbye to Atomic service icon Edi Unterberger, who is retiring after „his“ tenth overall globe.
„Our achievements have been very impressive. We are way ahead of our target“, said Atomic Race-Director Christian Höflehner in St. Moritz after 84 World Cup races are. „A big shout out to the whole team, the ski manufacturers, the developers and all the small and big contributors that played their part during the season. Something like this is only possible if the whole company is totally dedicated to racing.“ The highlights for the 2015/16 season include: the historic fifth consecutive big globe for Marcel Hirscher and three more crystal globes, one for Hirscher in the Giant Slalom, his seventh in that discipline, as well as for Peter Fill in the Downhill and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in the Super-G, after a commanding second place finish in St. Moritz. Thus two third of all globes in the Men’s circuit were handed to Redster athletes adding to 18 season victories, 14 runner-ups, 11 third place finishes and 7 medals at the Junior World Championships.
“Marcel has delivered like clockwork!”
„Marcel has delivered like clockwork, but we are also thrilled about the two unexpected globes in the speed disciplines. Peter Fill who finally has been rewarded for his tenacity throughout all these years and Aleks Kilde, who gave us pleasure much earlier than we expected,” said Christian Höflehner.
MARCEL'S MISSION NUMBER 5: NON-STOP EXCELLENCE
At 1795 points, the second highest score of all time in the men’s circuit (just behind Atomic legend Hermann Maier 1999/2000 – 2000 points), Marcel has delivered 19 season-podiums Hirscher ranks 4th in that category behind Maier (22, 1999/2000), Phil Mahre (21, 1981/82) and Ingemar Stenmark (20, 1980/81). This is a 497 points-advantage, the biggest margin since Eberharter-Aamodt 2001/02, totaling 64,1 points on average per race! This is the second-highest score of his career, but Marcel is already setting his focus onto the future. On Thursday the first ski tests for the new season will take place. „If I want to win the globe in the Giant Slalom again next year, I will have to roll up my sleeves and get better.“
REDSTER ACES: PUCHNER, WEIRATHER, FELLER, SCHWARZ, SHIFFRIN
Some more Redster heros were shining at the season-finale in St. Moritz: Mirjam Puchner took the chance in the downhill with her early starting number four and celebrated her first ever World Cup victory in her 45th race. Tina Weirather won the Super-G (her 6th career victory) breaking through the 1000-points-mark for the first time. Marco Schwarz is inching closer to the first starting group (Top 8) after a 4th place finish in the Slalom. Manuel Feller once again showed his great talent with the best time in the final run and equaling his best career-result (6th place). And last but not least of course Mikaela Shiffrin, who won again the Slalom again with an advantage of 2.03 seconds. (it is still hard to believe this has been the second closest margin this winter!). Since January 13, 2015 the 21-year-old has been unbeaten in all 9 Slaloms, when she was standing in the starting gates.
EDI UNTERBERGER SAYING FAREWALL
Meanwhile Atomic service icon Edi Unterberger cannot get any better and is retiring after 25 incredible World Cup seasons. On the side of superstars like Markus Wasmeier, Hermann Maier, Michael Walchhofer, Aksel Lund Svindal and Marcel Hirscher, he has been a key element to success. „His performance cannot be overestimated“, said Race-Director Christian Höflehner. „The whole company is greatly indebted to Edi‘s work. With regret we have taken note of his decision.“ The numbers speak volumes: Edi Unterberger has prepared the racing skis of his athletes at 98 World Cup victories, 193 podiums, 11 Olympic-medals (5 in Gold), 12 World Championship-medals (6 in Gold) and overall 10 big globes and 18 discipline globes. Lately with Marcel Hirscher he had to prepare 62 pairs of Giant Slalom, 58 pairs of Slalom, and 12 pairs of Super-G-skis during the whole season - eight per practice session, 2 to 4 per race respectively. The average amount of work invested per pair amounted to roughly 3 hours, doesn’t sound like an eight to five job.