MAR 06, 2018
The World Cup winter season carries on for another two weeks, but Redster hero Marcel Hirscher could already fly away on cloud 9 towards his holiday. A brilliant double win in Kranjska Gora simultaneously his 11th and 12th wins this season decided the fight for the large crystal globe as well as 1st place in giant slalom and slalom. In the ladies events a 6th place for Mikaela Shiffrin in the remaining 6 races would still enable her to successfully defend her title.
1.66 (giant slalom) or 1.22 seconds (slalom) was the lead for the double Olympic winner on the Podkoren, the Redster figurehead couldn’t have made his glorious 7th crystal globe win more convincing. Especially as the snow conditions couldn’t have been more difficult and changeable. “From the Olympic slalom we’ve learnt that despite putting in a lot of effort into racing you still can’t be prepared for absolutely everything. This is why we remained calm and focused even more on the races in Slovenia”, said Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner, who watched the 29 year old carving his way in a league of his own to his 5th crystal globe in the giant slalom and slalom World Cup once again.
“You can’t do justice to Marcel’s performance in words. But what I am particularly proud of is that we, as the Redster Alpine unit, have collected the Men’s overall World Cup for the 21st time in the last 23 years.”
Naturally nobody in the Hirscher team knows anything about an early holiday. As Christian Höflehner said: “Knowing Marcel as I do he still has a world record in his sights.” This is 13 wins in one winter season. If the Redster champion was to win a race at the finals in Are, then he would equalise with Atomic icons Hermann Maier’s (2000/01) and Ingemar Stenmark’s (1978/79) records, should he manage another double win then their records would be beaten.
Marc Rochat also had a reason to celebrate in Kranjska Gora. The 25 year old from Crans Montana achieved his best career result to-date with 6th place in the slalom (19th was his best until now in Levi in 2017). Manuel Feller also managed the same result in giant slalom having recovered from his flu.
ATOMIC VETERAN KIRCHGASSER: FINAL IN OFTERSCHWANG
In the Ladies World Cup Mikaela Shiffrin only needs 40 points more to secure her 2nd large crystal globe. The giant slalom Olympic winner decided not to participate in the World Cup competitions in Crans Montana favouring a few days training in Hinterreit to be really well-prepared for the last four technical races in Ofterschwang and Are instead. Whilst 10th place is enough for the 22 year old to defend her slalom title successfully, she still needs 81 points in the giant slalom to be able to catch up.
After 284 World Cup races, 17 podium places, 3 wins and 3 World Championship medals it’s time to say goodbye to a Redster legend, Michaela Kirchgasser (32), on Saturday in Allgäu, who is retiring from racing after her successful career.