Crystal clear: the Nordic No. 1
In a breathtaking finale, Stefan Kraft’s (AUT)* triumph in the overall World Cup is the culmination of a season that has been nothing short of sensational - not just for him, but for the entire Fischer Race Family. At the end of the 16l17 season, the Family members can claim an astonishing four large and eight small crystal globes as their own. Overall, 68% of the World Cup podium places were won on Fischer skis and 53% in Fischer boots. For the eighth year in succession Fischer ends a season as the most successful ski and boot brand. At both the Nordic and Biathlon World Championships the lion’s share of the medals go to the Upper Austrian family firm, which thus firmly underlines its position as the Nordic number 1.
King of the Skies: Stefan Kraft
With two victories in Planica, Stefan Kraft clinches victory in the neck-and-neck contest with his rival Kamil Stoch (POL)*. For the first time in his career, the newly crowned world record holder and double world champion from Lahti (FIN) can lift both the large crystal globe as the overall World Cup winner and the small crystal globe for the Ski Flying World Cup. As consolation, Kamil Stoch at least has his victory in the Four Hills Tournament and his title as world champion in the team event. The dominance of the Fischer eagles is made patently clear by the fact that the five best skiers all use the yellow and black equipment. Among the ladies, the Fischer ski jumpers led by Yuki Ito (JPN)* and two times world champion Carina Vogt (GER)* occupy places two to six in the overall World Cup.
A Winner for the History Books: Eric Frenzel
In the Nordic Combined, a win this season is all but impossible unless you’re part of the Fischer Race Family: 21 of the 22 World Cup events finish with a Fischer athlete on top of the podium. Johannes Rydzek (GER)** makes history by winning gold in all four World Championship events. Eric Frenzel (GER)** adds another chapter to the story by winning the overall World Cup for the fifth time in succession in highly dramatic fashion.
Early Winner: Martin Johnsrud Sundby
Although the individual cross country gold medal eludes Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)** at the World Championships, he is assured of his triumph in the overall World Cup early on. Come the end of the season, the Norwegian can even afford to sit out the World Cup Final in Quebec (CAN). Instead, he fulfils his dream of winning the Birkebeinerrennet on home territory. And winning the distance World Cup is just the icing on the cake. Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)**, on the other hand, wins the Tour de Ski and is the outstanding athlete at the World Championships with two gold and three silver medals.
After taking a break to start a family, Marit Bjørgen (NOR)** focuses on the season highlight — and it pays off: the cross country queen is outstanding in Lahti, winning four World Championship titles. The fastest sprinters are also members of the Fischer Race Family. Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)** wins the sprint World Cup, thus adding a second small crystal globe to the three gold medals she won in Lahti. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (NOR)** also adds his name to the roll of honour by becoming the youngest ever sprint World Cup winner.
Supreme Biathlete: Laura Dahlmeier
The Biathlon World Cup is all about Laura Dahlmeier (GER)**. Following on from her incredible five World Championship titles and her silver medal in Hochfilzen (AUT), the exceptional and dominant athlete wins the overall World Cup in consummate fashion as well as the rankings in the pursuit and individual races. The two small crystal globes for victory in the mass start and sprint World Cup go to this year’s sprint world champion Gabriela Koukalova (CZE)* who puts in a strong finish to the season. Having won World Championship medals, Anton Shipulin (RUS)**, Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR)** and Arnd Peiffer (GER)* round off their extremely successful seasons with places two to four in the men’s overall World Cup.
* Fischer skis ** Fischer skis and boots