02/27/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2018 05:56
After the successful Alpine and Nordic Olympic athletes from the Atomic team have just returned with an impressive collection of Olympic medals, the countdown has started for the Redster Paralympics team. The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be held from March 9-18 and the Atomic athletes Claudia Lösch, Heike Eder, Thomas Grochar, Roman Rabl and Markus Gfatterhofer are ready to compete for gold, silver and bronze.
Atomic Pro Center in Altenmarkt is the command centre for the racing experience of Atomic, the most successful ski brand in the world. This is where everything comes together: the race material for the best athletes is built, tuned and fitted - also for the best athletes with disabilities. The APC team and Atomic ski expert Josef Oberauer offer the Paralympics team exactly the same commitment they do for Shiffrin, Goggia, Ledecka, Gallhuber and Hirscher:
'All of them are skiing on the latest Redster G9 series ladies model as the base, with the difference that the athletes bring a load of 3 to 3.5 G to the material.'
According to the Paralympics tuning guru, this has profound consequences.
'It needs its own upper deck and its own plate to make sure that the material stands up to these extreme loads. The binding is completely locked and does not release under guarantee, this is why it needs its own special TÜV approval,' Oberauer explains.
The preparation also needs a lot of precision and finesse: 'If you're on the edge with your mono ski, then you're on it: this means that the tuning of the edges with hanging 0.2 to 0.4 needs to be exactly 100 percent.'
Determination, commitment and professionalism
Oberauer is happy that Atomic has also top athletes in the Para arena.
'I admire their determination, commitment and their professionalism. That is not about, getting up, getting dressed and training, as we know it. Each time it's a huge effort. And then to see how they compete, how they work meticulously and attack, when it's right, my heart really goes out to them every time: unbelievably great athletes and racers.'
In addition to the the five Paralympics participants, also Christoph Schneider and Andreas Kurz belong to the Redster para alpine skiing team. Every member of the Atomic Paralympics team has roughly 10 pairs of skis per discipline in their luggage, which for the participants in the mono ski competitions equals 20 individual skis they have to choose from.
All of the racers in the Atomic team have chances of medals at the Paralympics, thanks to their top places in the World Cup and in the World Championships in 2017. Claudia Lösch has won both gold and silver twice, and bronze once; Roman Rabl and Thomas Grochar are also travelling to Korea as the World Cup winners in the technical disciplines. Markus Gfatterhofer, the former motocross rider and present mono ski GS specialist, is now also aiming to extend his collection of medals in Pyeongchang after his World Championship bronze.
Training with Marcel Hirscher
For the video shoot, the Redster Paralympics racers also met their most famous team colleagues, including the double Olympic winner Marcel Hirscher. Hirscher commented: 'My team colleagues are courageous and in best form.'
Watch the video: