FISCHER WINS OVERALL WORLD CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 43 YEARS
The dream of crystal has become reality. And the way in which Ivica Kostelić achieved his goal is nothing short of superhuman. Kostelić has succeeded in doing something that no other racer has managed to do before: the winner of the overall World Cup bagged 999 World Cup points in just one single month. He burst into action in January and paved the way to his success – one of the biggest his equipment provider Fischer has ever celebrated in Alpine skiing: victory in the overall World Cup.
This is his first overall World Cup victory and also the first in the history of men's racing at Fischer. Kostelić, however, is not the only racer at the Austrian company who has skied his way to such a title. Gertrud Gabel - a name many people may not be familiar with – won the large crystal globe in the first year of the FIS Ski World Cup back in 1969, making her the first and previously only skier in the Fischer Alpine team to do so. Besides this sensational achievement the Croatian high-flyer made it quite clear that he is the number one in Slalom, too. Kostelić also clinched the Slalom and Super Combined discipline World
Cup titles at the same time.
A winning streak
Almost overshadowed by the remarkable successes of Ivica Kostelić, there were a few other athletes who also gave us some incredible moments and a season that has been a real boost for Fischer with 10 World Cup victories, 25 podium finishes, three World Championship medals, three crystal globes and five podium placings in the discipline rankings. Despite Fischer missing out on winning the brand World Cup, the company's athletes celebrated outstanding successes plus the most important title the season has to offer: the World Cup win of Ivica Kostelić, whose remarkable achievement was already on the cards at the end of his extremely tough programme in January. One week before the World Cup finals it was mathematically impossible for anyone to catch up with him as he finally secured his first large crystal globe with a 400-point lead over Didier Cuche (SUI).
With so many other notable achievements it is difficult to know where to begin. There was the first World Cup victory for France's Cyprien Richard who, together with team colleague Thomas Fanara, played a leading role in the Giant Slalom World Cup, a dominating Tanja Poutiainen (FIN) who celebrated one victory and six podium finishes in total, plus Georg Streitberger (AUT), who was stronger than ever before and came second in the Super G World Cup despite suffering injury. In addition to this there was also one of the most important medals in the career of Manfred Mölgg (ITA), who clinched bronze in the World Championship Slalom. Evergreen Kalle Palander (FIN) made a difficult but certainly successful comeback. Kathrin Hölzl, on the other hand, was the one who had a tough fight on her hands. Plagued by severe back pain since the beginning of the season, the outstanding Giant Slalom racer from the German team still made it to the podium three times for Fischer.
If you look beyond the World Cup you can also see upcoming talents at Fischer. Jessica Depauli is a name to watch out for. The Austrian wonder girl dominated the Europa Cup, clinching ten victories – in both the technical and the speed disciplines – to win the overall title. This in turn secured the reigning Junior World Champion a place in the World Cup team for the coming season and in the Austrian Future Team.