The World Championships in Val di Fiemme came to a fitting end with a triple success for Fischer. Fischer was once again the most successful ski brand by far. 68% of the ski medals and 30% of the boot medals went to athletes who place their trust in Fischer's equipment in all disciplines.
The cross country stadium saw a festival in yellow and black: 75% of the medal winners celebrated their successes with equipment from the Nordic number one. And leading the way, four-times World Champion and silver medallist Marit Björgen (NOR) with the complete Fischer package (skis and boots) as the most successful athlete in Val di Fiemme. "To be so successful in the same place ten years after my first WSC gold medal here in Val di Fiemme (ITA) is simply incredible," said the radiant cross country queen. Her team colleagues Therese Johaug (NOR, 2 x gold/1 x silver/1 x bronze), Petter Northug (NOR, 2/2/0) and Sjur Roethe (NOR, 1/0/1) were likewise keen medal collectors. Dario Cologna (SUI,1/1/0) and Johan Olsson (SWE, 1/2/0) clinched gold in impressive style in the skiathlon and 50km classic, respectively, with outstanding performances, likewise Kikkan Randall (USA) and Alexey Petukhov (RUS) who became worthy World Champions in the team sprint event.
Eagles in yellow soar to the top
It was the eagles with the yellow wings who also set the tone in ski jumping. Anders Bardal (NOR) and Kamil Stoch (POL) each celebrated their first individual World Championship titles. In the mixed competition a remarkable ten of the twelve athletes on the podium made their way there with the yellow jumping skis from Upper Austria. The keenest medal collector on the hill was Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT). This winter's high-flier set off for home with one gold and two silver medals in his bags.
Rocketing to success
In the Nordic combined, World Champions Eric Frenzel (GER), François Braud (FRA) and Maxime Laheurte (FRA), together with two-times silver medallist Bernhard Gruber (AUT) – among others – showed that the cross-country boot and ski set-up and jumping ski performance are second to none. "On my way to victory it felt like I had rocket power under my feet, it's sheer enjoyment with these skis," was how a delighted Eric Frenzel summed up his gold and silver medals.
The new dimension in speed
The rocket he was talking about is the Speedmax Skate Plus
– the new race ski from Fischer which sets new standards when it comes to speed. Its secret is the revolutionary construction using the newly developed Cold Base Bonding process, which avoids the combination of heat and pressure when the base is applied. The result is optimum wax penetration for the base and temperature independence for constant and perfect skiing properties which make a considerable difference out on the track.
"Val di Fiemme was one of the most successful World Championships ever for our company," says Nordic Racing Director Gerhard Urain, more than satisfied with the overall results. "But this is not something we take for granted. Our development and service team and our other colleagues put an immense amount of work into our equipment on a day-to-day basis. It goes without saying that we are always absolutely delighted when this hard work pays off in such a positive way at the end."