SHINING WITH SUCCESS - YELLOW/BLACK DOMINANCE
Superlatives are hard to beat. Yet Fischer was the most successful Nordic ski and boot brand for the third time in succession in the 11l12 season – and dominated it like never before. Four of the seven possible large crystal globes for the overall World Cup and ten of the 13 small globes for victory in the discipline World Cups were won by athletes who place their trust in equipment from the Nordic number one. In the Nordic disciplines 75% of the athletes made it to the podium with Fischer skis and 42% were also successful with Fischer boots last season. The Austrian family-owned company likewise dominated the Biathlon World Championships, winning 58% of the ski and 35% of the boot medals.
There was already cause for celebration in the cross country camp back in January when Dario Cologna (SUI) and Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) clinched victory in the Tour de Ski. Throughout the season, however, it was Marit Björgen (NOR) who was the outstanding skier, winning the overall World Cup title for the third time in succession (just like Dario Cologna) plus victory in the distance World Cup for the second time. In the sprint ranking Kikkan Randall (USA) earned a place in the history books as the first American to win the small crystal globe in the World Cup. With 81% of all podium finishes in the 11I12 cross country World Cup Fischer was the dominating brand through the entire season.
Fischer rules the skies
With the fourteen best ski jumpers in the overall World Cup ranking, 13 out of the 15 medallists at the Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund (NOR), all podium placings in the men's ski jumping World Cup and Gregor Schlierenzauer's (AUT) victory in the Four Hills Tournament, Fischer also clearly ruled the skies. Anders Bardal (NOR) was the king of the skies over the entire season and was awarded the large crystal globe for the overall World Cup title. The best ski flyer in 11I12 was Robert Kranjec (SLO) whose trophy cabinet now also includes WCH gold and the small crystal globe for victory in the ski flying World Cup.
Dominance with Fischer's overall package
In the Nordic combined the Fischer athletes may have had to surrender overall victory to another brand but their dominance in general was clear to be seen: 68% of all athletes on the podium throughout the season were successful with Fischer skis and a sensational 59% celebrated their successes with boots from the Nordic number one.
In biathlon Tora Berger (NOR) with the full Fischer package of skis, boots and poles was the most successful athlete at the World Championships in Ruhpolding (GER), winning three gold medals and one bronze medal. All in all Fischer also dominated the medal statistics at the WCH with 58% of the ski and 35% of the boot medals. In the overall World Cup the best five athletes went into their races with skis and boots from Fischer. Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) fulfilled her dream and rounded off her career with both the large crystal globe and the sprint World Cup title for the third time. Darya Domracheva (BLR) won the discipline rankings in mass start and pursuit while Helena Ekholm (SWE) once again celebrated victory in the individual World Cup to round off her career. Fischer athletes were also a force to be reckoned with in the men's battle for the globes: Andreas Birnbacher (GER) won in the mass start category and Simon Fourcade (FRA) in the individual.