DEC 02, 2019
The question who would succeed Marcel Hirscher in dominating the World Cup seems to be answered after only four races into the new season: Mikaela Shiffrin! At her home Slalom in Killington she was the fastest to cross the finish line – for the 42nd time in her career – taking the win by 2.29 seconds! The day before she had podiumed, too – as in all races this season – finishing 3rd in the GS. And in Lake Louise the men’s speed team also kicked the season off well.
Four races, 340 out of 400 possible points: The glamorous Shiffrin show continued in Killington at Mikaela’s home race. While her 3rd place in the GS (according to Atomic’s Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner “along the upper limits of difficulty”) required a fighting performance, Mikaela’s 42nd Slalom victory seemed like a walk in the park – confident, calm and cool. She took the win by 2.29 seconds and finished 4.40 seconds ahead of the 10th place. When the women’s speed specialists kick off the new season in Lake Louise, Mikaela will not only have an impressive lead on points in the World Cup, she’s also one of the top contenders in all three speed competitions.
“Mikaela sets the pace, but her teammates are on the right track, too: especially Sofia Goggia’s 11th place in the GS is very promising. And the performances of Eva-Maria Brem, Katharina Gallhuber and co. can also be rated as highly encouraging in parts. Overall, we get the confirmation that our material setup is top”
ATOMIC TEAM: STRONG SPEED START
Talking about encouraging performances: the Atomic men’s results on the first speed weekend in Lake Louise were promising, too. Mauro Caviezel (5th in the Downhill, 3rd in Super-G) has made a big step forward, just like Travis Ganong in his comeback races (10th in Downhill, 12th in Super-G). Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was considerably weakened due to a gastrointestinal infection, still managed to finish 12th in the Downhill and 6th in Super-G – despite a capital mistake. “I prefer the guys to ski fast and make mistakes rather than not trying hard enough,” says Atomic Global Race Manager Höflehner. For a start that was absolutely OK, the basic speed is there, and the rest will develop from race to race.”
The women will now move on to Lake Louise (CAN), while Beaver Creek’s legendary “Birds of Prey” will be ready for the men’s Super-G, Downhill and GS this coming weekend.