FEB 05, 2019
It doesn’t matter which course or what conditions, wherever the World Cup stops, there’s always a constant factor in the Nordic Combined and that’s the strong performance of Redster combined with Franz-Josef Rehrl, Manuel Faisst and Fabian Riessle. The cool Atomic trio started with chances of a medal in Klingenthal (GER) and just like the rest of this winter season, they were in strong shape: Fabian sixth and third, Franz-Josef fifth and sixth, Manual ninth and seventh. And yes, one of the secrets behind their constant performance is a special form of trust.
“For constant performance over the whole season lots of factors need to be right. And naturally that’s the feedback we are getting from Franz-Josef, Manuel and Fabian: one of the decisive factors is being able to trust the material” says Peter Landl, Team Manager of the Atomic Nordic Team. “Trust in the material”: that is completely different to a winter sport platitude. Landl says, “Everyone who has tried it knows that the Atomic Redster S9 set up with its boots, bindings, and skis is an extremely synchronized combination. But for the world-class athletes, it is not just about trust the material itself, but trust here also has a much more interpersonal element, as part of the team.”
The best possible skiing material for all possible skiing conditions, according to Landl, is a basic requirement. Without this foundation and if the skis are sometimes quick, but not always, then there wouldn’t be any unconditional trust: “The athletes need to focus on their performance. That’s difficult enough. However, if additionally they have to focus partly on any uncertainties in their material, then some of their energy is missing for the essential thing, which is bad! That’s our job: the guys in the Atomic service team understand that and that is why they do their job so well. Our job is to avoid exactly such uncertainties from the outset as far as possible. And to create a communicative atmosphere as well, which helps the athletes to have a clear head as far as their set up is concerned. Then there’s room for a certain degree of playfulness in the team, as the logical result is constant performance and success as well.”
Once again, at the Nordic Combined World Cup in Klingenthal we’ve seen: Franz-Josef Rehrl back with two top results (5th and 6th) and Manuel Faisst as well (9th and 7th). Fabian Riessle once again proved that he’ll be a big hope for a medal for the combined superpower Germany. Just like his team colleagues from Austria. The Nordic Ski World Championships start on February 20.