FEB 24, 2020
Redster star Aleksander Aamodt Kilde returns from Japan as the old and new “Man in Red” in the World Cup: bravely standing up against his two main contenders in the overall title chase, he raced to 6th place in the GS. While Henrik Kristofferson could close the gap by no more than 5 points (currently 74 points behind), Aleksander was able to extend his lead over Alexis Pinturault to a total of 124 points. It’s a great position ahead of the races in Hinterstoder, where Kilde celebrated his first Super-G victory in 2016. Talking about victories … Atomic is proud to have a new winner in their ranks: Filip Zubcic. And even though the female top athletes Mikaela Shiffrin and Sofia Goggia were missing in Crans Montana, the Redster ladies showed a strong team performance, adding two 3rd places to the weekend’s excellent track record.
Atomic’s “man mountain” from the far North seems to master all challenges with ease. Neither the super tight speed race calendar nor the jetlag from his short trip to Japan could stop him from successfully battling the rough course and weather conditions in the GS of Yuzama Naeba – skiing to his third consecutive top 6 ranking. In the thrilling fight for the overall World Cup title he’s as cool as ever, signing autographs and talking to fans at an Atomic event in Japan. Next weekend the Redster hero returns to Hinterstoder, location of his first World Cup Super-G triumph in 2016. This time, however, he’s not a Norge newcomer anymore, he’s a favorite instead – winner of the latest Super-G and decorated with the red bib for leading both the overall and the discipline rankings. And his prospects in the Super Combined and the GS are pretty good too. He leads the overall title chase by 74 points over Henrik Kristoffersen and 124 points over Alexis Pinturault. “His chances remain intact,” says Race Manager Christian Höflehner, who praises the Atomic superstar for staying calm despite being a title favorite.
“Aleks combines critical success factors: complete professionalism and the joy of skiing.”
CHAMPION FILIP ZUBCIC: THE NEW DIMENSION OF GIANT SLALOM TECHNIQUE
The same goes for the new champion in the Atomic team – the Croat Filip Zubcic. His first World Cup victory came as no surprise to Christian Höflehner.
“Looking at his technique in the last few races, it has become evident that Filip represents a new dimension in Giant Slalom technique. He works meticulously on being a successful racer and his hard work has finally been rewarded with the victory – the whole team is celebrating with him.”
REDSTER LADIES: MORE HIGHLIGHTS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
With team leaders Mikaela Shiffrin and Sofia Goggia being absent, it’s challenging times for the Atomic women’s team. The weekend’s results from Crans Montana are that much more remarkable: Stephanie Venier skied to 3rd and 6th in the two Downhill races, Ester Ledecka finished in 5th and 11th place. To top that off, she also podiumed for the first time in a Super Combined, coming in 3rd.