Last weekend saw the start of the new World Cup season in Sölden with summer-like temperatures at times. The strong wind on Sunday drove many athletes to despair but our Fischer racing family still managed to put in a sound performance.
Marcus Sandell (FIN), Thomas Fanara (FRA) and Philipp Schörghofer (AUT) clinched top-ten places. Ivica Kostelić (CRO) who, after having knee surgery in spring mentioned prior to the race that he would be absolutely satisfied with a place among the top 20, finished 11th in the race.
Manfred Mölgg, on the other hand, who came second in Sölden last year, struggled with a training deficit due to back problems. It was uncertain up until the last moment whether he would actually be able to compete in the race at all. The 31-year-old finished in 25th place in his first race of the season, trailing by 3.58 seconds.
Tim Jitloff (USA) was in ninth place after the first run but made a mistake at the beginning of the second which cost him a top result and he had to settle for 20th place. The US racer, however, was not frustrated: "To still finish the race in 20th place after that kind of mistake isn't too bad. I know that I'm fast enough right now to fight for top ten places in GS."
Even Sölden winner Ted Ligety (USA) mentioned this in an interview: "Jitloff is the guy you have to watch – he and I are kind of battling in training and he beats me in a lot of the runs of the day. Maybe that's part of why I was a little nervous."
We at Fischer Sports are at any rate convinced that the performance of our race family in Sölden was a good start to the season and we will have much more to report in the upcoming races.
The 13|14 season is underway: here are Fischer's results Ski World Cup Sölden
6th Marcus Sandell (FIN)
7th Thomas Fanara (FRA),
10th Philipp Schörghofer (AUT)
11th Ivica Kostelić (CRO)
20th Tim Jitloff (USA)
25th Manfred Moelgg (ITA) Ladies:
11th Veronique Hronek (GER)
19th Denise Karbon (ITA)
28th Taïna Barioz (FRA)
Next stop: World Cup Levi in 3 weeks.