DEC 10, 2018
Simon Eder’s return to the Atomic Nordic Unit has started as a success story. In Pokljuka, Slovenia, the Redster biathlete didn’t miss a shot all week, 3rd in the individuals, ninth in the sprint, fourth in the pursuit: a great week in really difficult conditions. Strong performance also by the Atomic cross-country athletes: Evgeniy Belov came in fourth over 30 kilometres freestyle in his first Redster appearance, and second with the Russian relay team at the World Cup in Beitostølen (NOR); Simen Hegstad Krueger came seventh in the 30 km race and third in the relay.
The Atomic Nordic Unit is already in top form at the beginning of the season. Especially the newcomers in the Redster team: Atomic comeback Simon Eder is in great shape; completed three races in Pokljuka, Slovenia without missing a single shot. The result: third in the 20 km individuals, ninth in the sprint, fourth in the pursuit, in the Top 10 in all races to-date. And in Slovenia difficult conditions for the service team, as Atomic Nordic Team Manager Peter Landl explains: “At the beginning spring like temperatures, then it got colder every day, and weather like this is always a unique challenge. Then it’s even better that Simon’s success confirmed his decision that he’s with the right team with Atomic.” And he is, just as he said: “I had rockets under my feet, which made it easier to ski.”
The detailed analysis also showed that the Swiss Atomic biathlete Benjamin Weger is in good shape: 9th place in the pursuit; he started off better this winter than a year ago.
TOP START: EVGENIJ JUST MISSES THE PODIUM IN HIS FIRST RACE
On his very first World Cup race on the new Redster setup Evgenij Belov astounded spectators with a fourth place in Beitostølen (Norway). Interim times showed him occasionally in 3rd place, but possibly visibility problems (with his glasses) towards the end of the race might have cost him his first place on the podium on Atomic skis over 30 km freestyle. With the Russian relay team he came in second.
Simen Hegstad Krüger, top athlete in the Atomic team skied his way to 7th place in the 30 km race in Beitostølen and came in third place with the Norwegian relay team II. Even at this high level he complained about not being in excellent shape. Team Manager Peter Landl: “He’ll solve that and then we’ll have even more pleasure from Simen this winter.”