FEB 03, 2020
Despite the cancellation of the Sochi Downhill, the trip to Russia paid off for the Atomic team. In the Super-G three Redster ladies made it into the top 5: Sofia Goggia in 2nd place, Joana Hählen in 3rd and Stephanie Venier in 5th position! Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is still in the race for the overall World Cup with places 2 and 6 in the Downhill and the GS of Garmisch. The weekend’s sentimental hero, though, was Peter Fill: the Atomic star and one of ski racing’s big names ended his career after 355 World Cup starts, receiving standing ovations.
With tears in his eyes at the starting gate Peter Fill skied down the “Kandahar” downhill course in Garmisch waving at coaches and team crew. At the finish line the crowd welcomed him with standing ovations, and Peter cheered with his Redster that said it all on the surface: “PETER FILL & ATOMIC“ on one ski, “THANK YOU PETER“ on the other. The South Tyrolean was a big name in ski racing for 18 years. His career in numbers: 355 World Cup races, 12 starts at four Olympic games, and 22 starts at World Championships that earned him one silver and one bronze medal. He won the crystal bowl for being the world’s best downhill racer in two consecutive seasons, and in 2016 he triumphed on the mother of all downhills – the “Streif” in Kitzbühel.
“For 18 years Peter was one of the world’s best ski racers, coming back from injures again and again. He’s always been a great athlete and sportsman, a role model and team player with great human values that cannot be taken for granted. We at Atomic are grateful for having been able to support him over such a long period of time. He’ll always have a place on our Wall of Fame amidst the greatest ski racers,” says Atomic Race Manager Christian Höflehner. It’s always with mixed emotions when a successful collaboration comes to an end, but “Peter’s Redster teammates paid tribute to his career with great performances this weekend.”
ALEKSANDER IS STILL HOT
The race for the overall World Cup is open and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is still a hot contender. He missed the top spot on the podium – again – by just 0.16 seconds, finishing 2nd in the Garmisch Downhill and 6th in the Giant Slalom. In the overall rankings he’s in 3rd position, only 2 points behind Alexis Pinturault and 57 points behind Henrik Kristoffersen. Höflehner: “Aleksander’s first victory is just a question of time. Besides him, Travis Ganong (5th), Niels Hintermann (7th) and Andreas Sander (14th) also convinced today.” In the GS Filip Zubcic nearly made it onto the podium as 4th, while the Redster youngsters Simon Maurberger, Erik Read and Lucas Braathen scored important points again with places 15, 17 and 19.
SOFIA IN PAIN BUT FAST IN SOTCHI
Sofia Goggia left Bansko with a contusion of the shinbone, a rather harmless but painful injury. So the cancellation of the Downhill race in the Russian resort of Rosa Khuntor (the location of the alpine ski event at the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014) played into her hands. Unsure whether she’d race at all in Sochi, Sofia skied her way on to the podium, landing in 2nd in the Super-G and leading an extremely strong Redster women’s team: Joana Hählen finished 3rd, Stephanie Venier 5th and Ester Ledecka 10th.
Up next for the women is a speed series in Garmisch, while the men’s tech teams head to Chamonix, France for a Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom.