THE GAMES IN SOCHI: FIVE MEDALS IN THREE ALPINE SPORTS
Five medals in three sports – all won with Fischer skis. And the best thing about it: the premiere of an Olympic gold medallist.
The Alpine division at Fischer Sports is satisfied with its Olympic medal count. Three of them went to the classic racing sector. Nicole Hosp (AUT) won one silver and one bronze while Ivica Kostelić (CRO) picked up a silver medal. In ski cross, Jonathan Midol (FRA) took the sporting world by surprise. But the one who caused the real sensation was a cowboy who simply has fun doing his sport. Joss Christensen (USA) took gold for the coolest run in freeski slopestyle, earning himself a place in the history books as the first Olympic champion in this discipline.
Historic freeski gold
Joss Christensen went into the race not as a top favourite but soon became a candidate for a medal after the qualification. He then put in two perfect runs and made it clear for everyone to see: I'm a worthy Olympic champion! But that's not everything. He is also the very first such champion. Thanks to his victory in the new Olympic discipline, Christensen has earned himself a place in the history books.
The people responsible at Fischer Sports are delighted: "This shows our competence not only in terms of performance. This victory is a marker we have laid down to demonstrate internationality," says the new Head of Alpine, Jan Weiss. "This shows that our commitment in freeski has come to people's attention for the first time – the medal is a concrete result which shows our dedication."
Reliable: three medals for Hosp and Kostelić
With two silver medals and one bronze for Hosp und Kostelić, Fischer has mixed feelings about the results in Alpine racing. "We weren't really expecting any medals in the speed events. Nici Hosp's bronze in the Super G was truly an outstanding achievement. However, I am all the more disappointed that we finished empty-handed in the technical disciplines," says Fischer Racing Director Siegfried Voglreiter, summing up. A top result, above all in the men's Slalom and Giant Slalom, was certainly not easy because of the number of medal candidates, but "We have a strong technical team and I was expecting a medal," says Voglreiter, whose hopes were not fulfilled.
Ski cross rounds off achievements
An outsider's medal towards the end of the Games was all the more pleasing. A Frenchman won a further bronze for Fischer. Jonathan Midol took the fifth medal for the team on the extremely demanding ski cross course.
"As a performance-oriented brand we have to set the course. We managed to do this at these Games. With five medals in total in all Alpine sports – ski cross, freeski and alpine racing – we have shown that we think and act beyond the borders of central Europe. This success really is a major success, especially for the US market," says Weiss, summing up at the end of the Games.