MAR 04, 2019
OOPS! SHE DID IT AGAIN. Atomic superstar Mikaela Shiffrin has become the best ski racer in the world again for the third time in a row and is now Overall World Cup winner again this season. The decisive moment came in Sochi this weekend where the races were cancelled due to heavy snow. Her third large Crystal Globe is the logical result after her truly amazing winter.
14 individual World Cup victories in five disciplines so far: Super G (3), GS (3), Slalom (6), City Event (1) and Parallel Slalom (1) plus another three podium places in 21 races. Any dropouts? None. Instead: Double Gold at the Ski World Championships in Åre (Super G and Slalom) and Bronze in the GS despite having the flu. How does the Redster megastar Mikaela herself react to the early Overall World Cup win? In true Mikaela style: with humility and gratitude. The Shiffrin phenomenon: is also a success thanks to her Atomic support team, who, with their high-precision work, ensure that Mikaela’s Redster set up suits her turns perfectly: service man Johann Strobl, who’s in his first season, and boot specialist Philipp Schwarzkogler.
ATOMIC MEGASTAR MIKAELA: SHE’S WON EVERYTHING ALREADY
AND IS NOT EVEN 24
In the era of the Atomic megastars Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher most of the records were broken long ago. But one monumental threshold still has to be cracked: the 86 World Cup wins by Ingemar Stenmark. However, even experts agree that this record will fall in the coming years. And her record is probably going to be beaten by a young lady: Mikaela Shiffrin, who has already won 57 races in her career to-date. If this coming weekend is a typical Mika weekend, at the technical races in Spinderuv Mlyn, in the Czech Republic, then wins number 58 and 59 could also appear on her scorecard.
She won in the World Cup even before she was able to drive. And now she’s going to turn 24. On March 13, when she’s competing, as the Overall World Cup winner, Slalom World Cup winner and maybe even as GS World Cup winner, for her World Cup Crystal Globe #4, the small Crystal Globe in the Super G at the World Cup finale in Soldeu. Where this year she became a winner: four times (including the World Championships in Åre), she was at the start and four times she was on top of the podium. The breakthrough in the Super G means, that she now also belongs to the illustrious circle of racers, who has won in all disciplines. Strictly speaking, as city events didn't exist in this form before, the Atomic megastar is now the only real all-rounder of all time.
“This season was a giant leap for me. Thank you. Simply, thank you!”
Her thanks go to all her supporters, coaches, companions and fans. Especially for the silent heroes in the background, who make a substantial contribution to Mikaela’s Redster setup every day: service man Johann Strobl and boot fitter Philipp Schwarzkogler. Christian Höflehner, Global Race Manager explains, “For Mikaela Shiffrin, as an athlete, it’s difficult for her to find the right words after the last few years. She is THE ski racer in skiing history. It’s easier for people to find the right words to describe Mikaela: she is magnificent in every way, without a doubt the shining light, which she was always apostrophized to be and we are unbelievably happy and proud to have her in the team.”
PARALLELISM TO HER MALE COUNTERPART MARCEL HIRSCHER
Mikaela is definitely one small Crystal Globe ahead of her male counterpart Marcel Hirscher from the Super G. Otherwise everything is looking like Marcel Hirscher will be travelling to the final in Soldeu this year as the Overall, Slalom and GS World Cup winner. This coming weekend he will be competing in two races in Kranjska Gora.