FEB 11, 2016
At the European Championships for ski mountaineers, the Atomic athletes could achieve good results.
The European Championships for Ski Mountaineers in Salvan/Les Marecottes tested the athletes' skills in the categories Individual and Sprint. In addition a Vertical Race took place, which, however, only counted for the World Cup.
SECOND RANK IN SPRINT GOES TO IWAN ARNOLD
In the Sprint on the third day of the event, Iwan Arnold (SUI) could achieve the weekend's best Atomic result. The 24-year old Swiss, very strong in this category, won the quarterfinal as well as the semifinal and consequently could qualify for a dramatic grand final. A run to the victory was not possible any more, but he finished third after Roberto Antoniolli (ITA) and Anton Palzer (GER). Shortly later, this result was changed: because Palzer had jumped the gun and was ranked last of the heat, and Arnold became second. Satisfied with his performance, he analyzed the competition: "The qualifying was perfect, and also the quarter- and semifinal couldn't have been better. In the final, my feeling was not so good any more, I was heavy-legged. The transitions also didn't go well, so there was not more to be achieved. But what was constantly working perfectly is the new generation of ATOMIC-skins."
The result was a gratification after his reinstatement at the World Cup in Albosoggia (ITA) in January. There, Iwan could win the final, but was finally ranked sixth as he had operated the binding outside the transition zone.
“That was unfortunate because it was my best Sprint ever.”
THIRD RANK IN INDIVIDUAL RACE FOR SAMUEL EQUY
Atomic youngster Samuel Equy (FRA) could, already in the Individual Race on the first day, finish with a third rank in the Juniors category. He had to work hard for the place on the podium:
"Together with the Italian Magnini, I could manage the first ascent and downhill in leading position. Then, I fell back a bit, and after a crash in the third downhill I was overtaken by another Italian. I am very satisfied with the course of the European Championships, and the conditions were perfect. Generally, I am glad to be able to show consistency in the important events of the season."