SUCCESS IN THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE CRYSTAL GLOBES
One record season after the other: following the World Championships in Oslo (NOR) and Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS) it became clear that the medals' record from Vancouver (CAN) had been beaten. And at the end of the season the achievements once again became crystal clear for all to see: Fischer's Nordic team is more successful than ever before.
Fischer athletes set new standards
Marit Björgen (NOR) and Petter Northug dominated the World Championships in cross country. However, over the season as a whole it was Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) and Dario Cologna (SUI) who set the tone. The two of them had already paved the way to success with victory in the Tour de Ski, followed by each of them being awarded the large crystal globe for the overall World Cup and the small one for the distance World Cup title at the end of the season. The fastest racers of the season were likewise among the ranks of the Fischer athletes: Emil Joensson (SWE) won the small crystal globe for victory in the sprint World Cup as did Petra Majdic (SLO) to round off her career in style.
It was not only on the ground, however, where Fischer athletes set the standards, but also high up in the air. The king of the skies was without doubt Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) who, after victory in the Four Hills Tournament and three World Championship titles, rounded off a perfect season by claiming the overall World Cup title. The best ski flyer of the season - likewise a triple World Champion in Oslo - was Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT), despite being injured in December.
Dominance with the full Fischer package
In the Nordic combined the Fischer athletes had to surrender overall victory to another brand but there was no mistaking their general dominance: 72% of all athletes on the podium throughout the season were successful with Fischer skis and over 56% relied on the Nordic number one for their boots as well in their achievements.
In biathlon the dominance of Fischer's full package was nothing short of overwhelming: the best six athletes in the World Cup competed in their events with Fischer skis and boots. Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN) won both the overall World Cup title and the pursuit World Cup. The discipline World Cup titles went to three other Fischer ladies: Darya Domracheva (BLR, mass start), Helena Ekholm (SWE, Individual) and Magdalena Neuner (GER, sprint). After a few years of abstinence among the men the large crystal globe went to a Fischer athlete again: Tarjei Boe (NOR). The young Norwegian star was already the most successful athlete at the World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk with four titles and besides the overall World Cup also clinched victory in the discipline World Cup in sprint and pursuit.