FEB 17, 2021
What a dream start to the week for the Redster racers: at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d´Ampezzo the golden combo of Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Schwarz struck two gold medals in the Combination – both on the same day. A mega Monday with the Redster racers all fired up! Claiming her 6th career world title Mikaela Shiffrin’s record is unbelievable: in eleven World Championship races she has collected a total of nine medals, including Super-G bronze last week. Marco Schwarz climbed the top of the podium for the first time in his World Champs career in Cortina, having won two bronze medals and one team silver at the 2019 World Championships in Are.
Following Redster racer Andreas Sander’s sensational silver medal in Sunday’s super tight World Champs Downhill, this time around it was superstars Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Schwarz striking double gold for Atomic in the Alpine Combined event. Above all, an impressive tactical feat according to Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner. In both the women’s and men’s Slaloms, conditions were extremely difficult. “Mikaela skied a super strong and intelligent Super-G. She won gold with the same quality that allowed her to celebrate most of her victories before the break. She decided the race within ten gates, racing at an unrivaled speed.” This 2021 Alpine Combined gold is Mikaela Shiffrin’s sixth career world title, and her ninth career World Championship medal in “only“ eleven World Championship starts since her debut in Schladming 2013. And the best is yet to come – she’s a top favorite for the upcoming GS and Slalom in Cortina d'Ampezzo, too.
MARCO SCHWARZ: TRIUMPH WITH KILDE’S SKI
Just like Mikaela Shiffrin on the women’s side, in the men’s Alpine Combined Alexis Pinturault was a safe bet for gold. Christian Höflehner: “In the past few years, Alexis was practically unbeatable in the Combination, as long as he didn’t make any mistakes. He did not make any mistakes in Cortina, and the fact that Marco beat him in his prime discipline is an amazing feat!“ ‘Blacky’ laid the foundation for his success with an outstanding Super-G run on a Redster race ski belonging to Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who has to sit out the 2021 World Champs injured. Höflehner: “Looking back to the time before Blacky’s ACL injury there is no doubt: speed is in his blood. It’s awesome that he was able to make full use of his potential in the World Champs race, despite not having trained a lot of Super-G.” In the Slalom, he skied intelligently and at his current level – World Cup leader in this discipline. As such, he can be pretty relaxed about the upcoming technical events in Cortina.