Red Bull Der Lange Weg – The World’s Longest Ski Tour. History repeats itself. ATOMIC is as event partner and with athletes on board in this adventure.
As an integral part of the freeski scene since its inception, Henrik Windstedt not only helped shape the sport during its infancy, he is one of a handful of freeskiers that successfully transitioned into the big mountain realm to influence the progression of freeriding as well. Henrik’s wealth of experience and influence will be a massive asset to Atomic.
The first double win for Atomic this winter, ironically in the final rehearsal before the Olympics Men’s Alpine races, in the giant slalom in Garmisch, if that’s not a good omen. With Marcel Hirscher’s 120th World Cup podium, Manuel Feller managed his first one in his 78th World Cup race. Mikaela Shiffrin, who now successfully can’t be beaten as the defending World Cup champion, despite her first slalom fallout in 13 months.
In the last World Cup races before the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang the Redster Nordic unit confirmed their high performance from the last few weeks. Especially the Sprint ladies Rolsted Harsem (NOR) and Soemskar (SWE) inspired with their 4th and 5th place performance in Seefeld. The podium places should follow in South Korea in February.
A home win in front of 50,000 fans, the final rehearsal before the slalom in the Winter Olympics, but above all he has now equalised with Hermann Maier, the Atomic icon, the most successful winner in the overall rankings. Even for Marcel the night race in Schladming was unusually rich in superlatives. But he still showed himself in his usual humble way: “I’m incredibly happy that I could achieve that.”
The Redster Nordic line up for Pyeongchang is getting into even better shape. Particularly impressive is the quality. After Simen Hegstad Krueger (winner in Toblach), Hanna Falk (winner in Dresden), Kathrine Rolsted Harsem is now also under suspicion of being a possible “medal winner” after her 2nd place in the classic sprint in Planica.
Once again the Atomic top performers could be relied on again this weekend. Sofia Goggia delivered an impressive win in downhill N° 1 on her home race course in Cortina and Mikaela Shiffrin completed a Redster dominated podium with her third place. In Kitzbühel Marcel Hirscher delivered the highlight with his 2nd place and broke the 1,000 points barrier in the World Cup.
At the largest Austrian event in skimountaineering, Armin Höfl won the “Tour” distance, followed by another Backland athlete, Daniel Zugg. And though the brand-new BACKLAND 65 UL has undergone its test on fire more than successfully.
A sensational start and a fantastic happy end. This is the brief summary of the Alpine racing weekend from a Redster point of view. Whilst Sofia Goggia left her competitors behind her with a real test of courage in the downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Peter Fill secured his 1st Crystal Globe of the winter in combined second on the Lauberhorn. And Marcel Hirscher is still unbeaten after five weeks after his 1st win in the giant slalom on the Lauberhorn.
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