MAR 15, 2021
It was a grand finale to an outstanding season in an extraordinary winter: in the Atomic Nordic unit’s final race of the season Redster superstar Simen Hegstad Krueger was the first to cross the finish line taking the win home! After claiming three medals at the Nordic World Ski Championships and even though he had started the season late, the Atomic athlete ended up in 3rd place in the distance ranking. This is the era of the new Redster S9 Gen S that has exceeded all expectations ever since it was launched. Used in secret already last year, Atomic’s latest race ski as well as the team’s mindset and spirit have given everybody wings: Following his U23 World Champs title Frenchman Hugo Lapalus also won the World Cup ranking in his age category, completing the season as the world’s best U23 athlete. And the top women on Atomic have also made a big step towards the world elite this winter ...
All's well that ends well! Or better. Peter Landl, successful Nordic Manager at Atomic, is rightly happy with the 2020-2021 season, which, due to Corona, was anything but easy, especially for the team members from Norway: “It was precisely in these challenging circumstances that our quality became even more evident: We don't have the largest team nor the biggest number of athletes – instead, we’re a hand-picked squad that’s really close, a community, and a team of hearts with a lot of personal interaction. It’s a privilege to be part of that,” says Landl.
The last World Cup races in the Engadin valley marked the culmination of a strong season. No scriptwriter could have written this team story better than reality: In the very last event, the 50k taking place on the prestigious Engadin Skimarathon route, the Atomic Nordic unit’s leading figure Simen Hegstad Krueger was the first to cross the finish line. Just a few weeks ago he had won three medals in three races at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf (2 silver, 1 bronze). With this latest victory he ended up in 3rd place in the overall distance ranking – in a season he had largely missed due to the pandemic.
WORLD CHAMPION, WORLD CUP WINNER: HUGO IS THE WORLD’S BEST U23 ATHLETE
A team leader like double Olympic champion Simen also inspires others. Above all the best U23 athlete in the world: Hugo Lapalus was crowned U23 World Champion in Vuokatti this year, and at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf the Redster athlete played a major role in claiming bronze for the French relay team. Now that the final race in the Engadin is a wrap, he has also officially won the U23 Cross-Country World Cup, making him a hot contender for the future within the men's competitive Cross-Country skiing.
TIRIL, LOTTA, ANNE, JOHANNA, VICTORIA: REDSTER WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF BREAKTHROUGH
When it comes to the most promising up-and-comers Hugo is in good company with Atomic’s young top female athletes. Peter Landl: “This year, the Weng twins Tiril and Lotta have taken a big step towards the world elite, just like Anne Kjersti Kalvaa, Johanna Hagstroem and Victoria Carl. Their time is about to come, yet another performance boost and they’ll regularly snag World Cup podiums. Closely behind is the next generation, our medal winners at the Junior and U23 World Champs. With this strategy and mindset, a lot is possible in the future."
Next weekend the successful Atomic Nordic Combined athletes Lukas Greiderer and Fabian Riessle (four medals at the Nordic World Ski Championships) will conclude their World Cup seasons in Klingenthal; the Biathletes with Simon Eder finish in Östersund.