FEB 10, 2020
The Atomic Race family is going through tough times: ahead of the races in Garmisch and Chamonix the sad news of Mikaela Shiffrin’s father Jeff’s passing put the Redster team’s daily business into perspective. Then the World Cup weekend also brought bad news: Sofia Goggia crashed again, breaking her forearm; Marc Digruber and Redster shooting star Simon Maurberger both tore their ACL in Chamonix – the season’s over for all three of them! Cold comfort: Ester Ledecka secured a podium in Garmisch and in the Parallel GS Aleksander Aamodt Kilde made up points in the overall World Cup.
“Our thoughts are with Mikaela, her mother Eileen, and her brother Taylor. Jeff Shiffrin was not just father to the world’s most successful female ski racer, he was also an important part of the Atomic family.”
The Redster team is facing challenging times and is deeply affected by Jeff Shiffrin’s unexpected death. On the competitive side there were more bad news this weekend: Following her crash in Bansko and a painful contusion of the shinbone, Redster speed queen Sofia Goggia first placed 4th in the Garmisch Downhill, then DNF again in the Super-G, sustaining a season-ending broken forearm. Marc Digruber tore his cruciate ligament in the Chamonix Slalom; Redster shooting star Simon Maurberger incurred the same injury in the Parallel GS the next day – bitter for the youngster who had just recently achieved his career-best result in the Night Race of Schladming (5th). For both Atomic technical specialists the season is therefore over too.
Christian Höflehner: “It’s always tough when an injury disrupts your flow. Simon had been in impressive form lately. But Marco Schwarz’s example shows that even after a torn ACL it’s possible to come back and win the next season. There’s a lot going on in our team at the moment. Tough times like these put team spirit and solidarity to the test. The great support within the Atomic team helps deal with the challenges.”
ALEKSANDER AAMODT KILDE MAKES UP POINTS IN THE OVERALL WORLD CUP
Even if the circumstances make the competitive side of things seem rather irrelevant, the races in Garmisch and Chamonix also brought some uplifting results: Ester Ledecka raced to 3rd place in the Downhill and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde scored important points again in the Parallel GS taking 7th and closing the gap in the overall World Cup standings, where he now sits in 2nd again. Race Manager Höflehner: “Next weekend Aleksander will have two opportunities to score big points in Saalbach. If he delivers, anything’s possible. The program promises a thrilling fight for the top of the leader board until the end of the season.”