SEP 03, 2020
What a season, what a thrilling battle for the big crystal bowl! Following the World Cup season’s abrupt end we have a worthy overall winner: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the world’s best ski racer. Sure, there’s more important things going on in the world right now, as he stated in his post right after the season had officially wrapped: to do whatever we can to overcome the coronavirus crisis and keep people safe and healthy. Still, this title is a childhood dream come true for Aleks. He is now one of the ten big names in ski racing who have won the men’s big crystal bowl 22 times in the last 24 years – all on Atomic!
There’s a new ski hero on the wall of fame in Atomic’s headquarters in Altenmarkt, Austria: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. He joins an impressive lineup of the biggest names ski racing has seen since 1996-97: Lasse Kjus, Luc Alphand, Hermann Maier, Stephan Eberharter, Bode Miller, Benni Raich, Carlo Janka, and most recently Marcel Hirscher, who triumphed 8 times in a row. They are all true all-time Atomic heroes, having won 22 out of 24 men’s overall World Cup titles. In speculations about who would follow in Marcel Hirscher’s footsteps two names kept popping up: Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault. Up until the very last both were protagonists in the thrilling battle for the most coveted trophy in ski racing. Yet they weren’t the only ones fighting for fame – in the end Aleksander Aamodt Kilde came out as the winner.
ONE VICTORY, ONE DNF, CONSISTENT TOP PERFORMANCE IN FOUR DISCIPLINES
None of the experts had the Norwegian “man mountain” on their radar for the big crystal bowl in his comeback season on Atomic. But ever since he started racing again on his Redster setup Aleks delivered in a dazzling manner. Starting off with places 21 in Sölden and 12 in Lake Louise, he finished every race after that (with the exception of parallel events) in the top 10. One DNF, one victory, seven podiums (five times 2nd and one 3rd place). With his consistent top performance in four disciplines – Downhill, Super-G, GS, and Combined – he is the most complete and best ski racer in the world. An athlete with lots of empathy and sense of proportion: “Today I achieved a childhood dream! But in regards to the escalated situation we now find ourselves in, the most important thing is to make sure we do what we can to keep everyone healthy and safe.”
Race Manager Christian Höflehner: “I’m really happy what the Atomic team has achieved in year one after Marcel Hirscher and I’m proud of Aleksander winning the overall World Cup and Mauro Caviezel taking home the Super-G crystal bowl. 22 overall titles in 24 seasons is a strong signal. Many other Atomic athletes also had a fantastic season and I would like to congratulate them. I am grateful to be