13I14: WORLD CUP, OLYMPIC GAMES AND JUNIOR WCH– WHAT A SEASON!
Eight podiums in the Alpine Ski World Cup, five medals at the Olympic Games in Sochi and nine medals for our juniors - this is the tally of the Fischer racing family for the 13I14 season.
It took a little time for things to get going at the start of the season. Although three of our athletes made it to the top ten at the opening in Sölden, the podium seemed to be a hard nut to crack.
Things picked up in December with Hosp (AUT), Fanara (FRA), Mölgg (ITA), Thaler (ITA) and co. delivering the performances we are used to. They made it to the podium eight times in six World Cup races. Patrick Thaler (ITA) was among them twice and, as the oldest podium racer in the Slalom, achieved his best World Cup season result.
Nicole Hosp (AUT) and Ivica Kostelić (CRO) lived up to expectations at the Olympic Games in Sochi. Ivica landed a result in the Super Combined – his special discipline – and won silver. Niki went home with two pieces of excess baggage – silver in the Super Combined and bronze in Super G. 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. In ski cross, Jonathan Midol (FRA) took the world of sport by surprise by winning bronze on the extremely demanding ski cross course, bringing Fischer's medal tally to five at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
At the end of the season our racing juniors made their way to Jasná in Slovakia to compete for the most coveted junior title for the U20 racers: Junior World Champion. We can rightly say that our junior racers have got what it takes as they were among the best. There were two Junior World Champions and nine podium finishes to celebrate: "This means we don't have to worry about our next racers, even though it is a rocky road to make it to the World Cup. We have very talented skiers and are just waiting until they break into our racing family," says Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter, delighted about the achievements of his protégés.