l: Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), r: Petter Northug (NOR)
Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)
Tora Berger (NOR)
Eric Frenzel (GER)
l: Kikkan Randall (USA), r: Emil Joensson (SWE)


The 12l13 World Cup season is over and the winners have received their trophies. The bare facts speak for themselves: five of the seven large and eight of the thirteen small crystal globes were won by athletes of the Fischer Racing Team. In the Nordic disciplines 70% of the athletes made it to the podium with Fischer skis and 41% were also successful with Fischer boots last season. This means that the Austrian family business was the most successful ski and boot brand in the World Cup for the fourth time in succession – an impressive result which shows the dominance of yellow and black.
It is clear who sets the standards in the Nordic World Cup: Fischer athletes were on the podium 340 times throughout the last winter. Of the 162 World Cup winners in the 12I13 season, an impressive 117 of them placed their trust in equipment from the Nordic number one in the four Nordic disciplines.
Cross country celebrations
With her victory in the Tour de Ski, Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) made sure there was cause for celebration in the cross country camp back in January. The Polish racer also secured victory in the Overall World Cup and Distance World Cup early on. In the World Championships in Val di Fiemme (ITA), however, it was Marit Björgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) who stood out as the four-times World Champion and silver medallist. The fastest woman of the season was for the second time running Kikkan Randall (USA) who, like Emil Joensson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots), was the proud winner of the small crystal globe for victory in the Sprint World Cup, too. The men's Overall World Cup title was a hotly contested affair right until the end in Falun (SWE). Petter Northug (NOR) finally emerged as the winner and was delighted with his second large crystal globe.
Frenzel and Schlierenzauer in a class of their own
In the Nordic Combined it was Eric Frenzel (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) who truly left his mark on the season. The World Champion and silver medallist in Val di Fiemme was a frequent visitor to the podium in the second half of the season and clinched victory in the Overall World Cup in impressive style, celebrating six World Cup victories.
Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) ruled the skies in ski jumping: after victory in the Four Hills Tournament he went on to add one gold and two silver medals to his ever growing collection on the World Championship hill in Predazzo (ITA). And these were joined at the end of the season by the large crystal globe for the Overall World Cup and also the small globe for the Ski Flying World Cup for the high-flying Austrian.
Tora Berger breaks new ground
The biathlon World Cup 12l13 saw Tora Berger (NOR) break new ground. Competing with the full Fischer package of skis, boots and poles, the exceptional athlete from Norway achieved something that no other skier – either male or female – had accomplished before her. At the World Championships in Nove Mesto (CZE) she took part in all six events and her remarkable performances were rewarded with a medal in every single one of them. At the end the most successful biathlete of the season won the Overall World Cup title in impressive style and also clinched victory in all four discipline World Cups.
Speedmax celebrates a sensational premiere
On the equipment side the premiere of Fischer "Speedmax" which was launched this season was likewise successful. Fischer's new racing ski sets new standards in 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. And what better proof can there be than the sensational results this season of the Fischer Nordic Racing Team.