Fischer Skis USA Readies for the Coming Winter With New Products, Strong Athlete Support.
With a new ski, new boot and a collection of Olympic-focused athletes, Fischer Skis USA is geared up for a strong start to the 2013-2014 season. “We’re coming into the Olympic year, everyone’s very focus and driven to have the best possible results to get that berth and to drive at results in Sochi.” explained Fischer race director, Chris Hall. The 2013-2014 roster of Fischer athletes remain largely unchanged from years past, led by Kikkan Randall and Andy Newell on the World Cup, with Sylvan Ellefsen and Erik Bjornsen leading a group of domestic rising stars. World Cup veteran, Kris Freeman, will also represent Fischer throughout this season.
With the focus squarely on Sochi, Fischer’s technical strength comes into play. Rick Halling, Fischer USA’s Nordic Promotions Specialist highlights the oddities of the Russian venue, “The town of Sochi itself has an average winter temperature of 59 F. So, waxing, structure and ski selection could be super tough during the Olympics. That’s why the athletes on Fischer are going to have a major advantage over the competition. No other company matches our level of race day support. We have technicians, resources and expertise that put us on a level way above the competition for those tough to wax race days.”
Headlining the resources Fischer will bring into the Olympic year is the new Speedmax ski, a well-received addition to the Fischer line up and a big advancement over previous skiing iterations. Chris Hall explains that means happy athletes, “A lot of the athletes are excited to get on the Speedmax ski. Good feedback from local racers as well from demos in late February and March. Additionally, our new skate boot will have the new accelerator sole on it for this coming year. It puts people in a more neutral position and stance. Combined with the new SSR binding, we think it will improve the amount of energy when they’re performing the skate technique.”
World Cup athletes kick off their season, November 1st in Kuusamo, Finland. Domestic racing gets underway Thanksgiving week at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival Super Tour events. Stay caught up with Fischer athletes and products at www.fischersports.com or on Facebook.com/fischernordic.