THE GREATEST INTELLIGENCE IN SKIING HISTORY
comes together when a group of experts, Marcel Hirscher’s closest trusted crew, get together briefly at the workbench of the Hirscher service team Thomas Graggaber and Lukas Rottinger, just like in Adelboden. Ferdinand Hirscher, Atomic coordinator Andreas Dudek, boot genius Hannes Holzmann and the service guys; and Christian Höflehner isn’t even there himself or in constant contact with the Atomic crew for Marcel’s setup.
Höflehner: “As we’ve been practicing this for years now a huge knowledge hub has been built up especially for changing material at the last minute. Years ago athletes used to do this out of desperation, but Marcel has often done this, as he simply never likes to leave anything to chance. If changing something between the runs doesn’t unsettle him, but spurs him on even more, then it’s a chance for him to focus and release more energy before the decisive run. Just like a pit stop before the final stages of a Grand Prix.”