JAN 29, 2019
The last stops before the countdown to the World Championships for the Atomic Nordic Team bring the next top performances from the top athletes. After 3rd place in the Tour de Ski Atomic superstar Simen Hegstad Krueger came in 2nd place in the World Cup in Ulricehamm, over the 15 kilometer freestyle, beaten by only 1.1 seconds. In the relay race the Norwegian came 3rd, whilst Redster colleague Evgeniy Belov won with his Russia II team. It was also a successful weekend for Atomic biathlete Simon Eder at the World Cup in Antholz: 5th in the Sprint, 8th in the pursuit, 10th in the mass start, where his Redster team colleague Benjamin Weger came in 6th. For the Atomic combined skier Franz-Josef Rehrl (strong performances with 8th and 4th place in Trondheim), his performance before the home World Championships in Seefeld is showing the right direction, his team colleague Manuel Faisst came in 7th and 13th. The future stars in the Atomic team demonstrated at the Nordic Junior World Championships in Lahti that you should remember their names.
”At first glance it just seems like another weekend of many in the season. But it shows that we are on the right track with our Atomic philosophy and how we put together the Nordic Team. It’s not just about having the most athletes, but about having the right ones. Then the right spirit is there and success comes on its own”, says Atomic Nordic Team Manager Peter Landl. The truth is the results list from the whole winter proves the captain is right this weekend as well.
THE BASIS FOR CONSISTENCY IS TO TRUST YOUR MATERIAL
Trust in your material brings about consistency - an unshakable foundation which links all the top athletes in the Atomic team: unanimously proved by Simon Eder (three Top 10 results in Antholz recently), Simen Hegstad Krueger (second in Ulricehamm), Evgeniy Belov (relay winner) and the Redster combined skier Franz-Joself Rehrl (two top results in Trondheim again). And even if one or the others aren’t in top form, a few weeks before the World Championships, then their performances are still constantly strong which is certainly a good thing. Peter Landl “That proves they are top athletes: they have an excellent feeling for being in shape, for their performance and recovery and how to time their peak for the season. Just to name one example: Simen Hegstad Krueger, when he wasn’t completely happy with his fitness level, left out the race in Davos to consolidate with his training. Such an athlete mindset isn’t natural for the young athletes, especially in their first year after a great breakthrough with a double Olympic win.” Addendum: “If you’ve got this quality in a small team, then the next generation benefits from it as well.”
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LAHTI: THE YOUNG REDSTERS ARE COMING
The next generation proved how they are learning and profiting from the top stars in the Atomic Nordic line up at the Nordic Junior / U23 World Championships at Lahti in Finland. You’ll have to remember these Redster youngsters’ names for the future: Ansgar Evensen (NOR, Silver in the 1.6 kilometer Sprint), Kirstin Fosnaes (NOR, Gold in relay, 8th in the Classic Sprint), Kristina Kuskova (RUS, Silver in the Relay, 6th in the 15km Classic), Anastasia Faleeva (RUS, Silver in the Relay, 6th in the Classic Sprint), Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS, Silver in the Relay, 4th in the 10 km Skating, 6th in the 30 km Classic Junior), Annian Sossau (Bronze with the German relay team), Axel Aflodal (SWE, 5th in the Classic Sprint). Even bitter experiences at the major events have a positive effect on the athletes: in the U23 Classic Sprint the Atomic athletes Johanna Hagström (SWE) and Tiril Weng (NOR) were on track for a double win, then Johanna fell, Tiril lost her concentration for a split second in the finishing straight and gave away the Gold (but won the Bronze medal in the U23 10 km Skating instead). A former Junior World Champion (in the Nordic Combined), the Austrian Mika Vermeulen, was happy with his 8th place in the 10 kilometer race at his first Junior World Championships as a pure cross-country skier. His team boss Peter Landl: “To change over in such a short time and already be one of the best, that’s a great performance. Mika has great potential in cross-country.”