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“Blacky” Takes Career-First Slalom Victory, Tackling “Classic Triple” In Red Bib

He has always kept at it, calm yet determined, even after his cruciate ligament rupture. Now his patience has paid off: Marco Schwarz, the Atomic athlete known for spectacularly fast turns, has achieved a personal milestone, grabbing his career-first World Cup victory on the “Chuenisbärgli” in Adelboden. Wengen – Kitzbühel – Schladming: Marco tackles the “classic  triple” 2021 in the red bib. Will he fire the “Blacky rocket”? 

When Marcel Hirscher was outshining everything and everyone in the Ski World Cup, Marco Schwarz stayed cooler than most.

Marco Schwarz (AUT). © GEPA pictures/ Matic Klansek

He knew that his time was yet to come. Actually, his time had already begun in the 2018-2019 season – up until that intolerable final jump in the Bansko Combined Super-G in February 2019 that painfully cut his season short: torn ACL and meniscus!

“After such a serious knee injury, it takes time to get back to the level you were at before,” Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner knows from experience. 

WILL MARCO FIRE THE “BLACKY ROCKET“? 

The all-round skiing genius Marco Schwarz is back to the future in Slalom, taking the victory in Adelboden for the first time in his World Cup career following seven podiums and several halftime leads.

The timing couldn’t be any better: Marco tackles the “classic triple” with the upcoming races in  Wengen, Kitzbühel, and Schladming in the red bib that he just took over from Atomic buddy Manuel Feller (DNF this time): he’s this season’s best Slalom racer so far.

“Alta Badia, Madonna, Zagreb … the conditions in the last three Slaloms weren’t ideal for Marco, because he needs more aggressive  conditions.

He’s found and taken advantage of them in Adelboden.” Perhaps the last missing spark for  the World Cup’s latest first-time winner to re-ignite the“ Blacky rocket” in the upcoming classics … 

ATOMIC TEAM: CHEER AND DOWNERS 

FIS World Cup, downhill, ladies. Tamara Tippler (AUT), Sofia Goggia (ITA) and Breezy Johnson (USA). © GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

Marco’s career-first win came as a consolation after an emotional rollercoaster for the team this past  weekend. Höflehner: “Placing 4th and 5th in the Giant Slaloms, Aleks Aamodt Kilde is hot on overall World Cup leader Alexis Pinturault’s heels.

Filip Zubcic finally made it to the top of the tops in GS, laying down two strong races. But the injuries of Mauro Caviezel and Lucas Braathen are really bitter! 

Unfortunately, the season is over for Lucas; “Mr. Recovery“ Mauro will hopefully recover quickly from his concussion and collateral ligament injury this time around too. Normally, no one comes back as  quickly as he does.” 

FIS World Cup, slalom, men. the rejoicing of Marco Schwarz (AUT). © GEPA pictures/ Mario Buehner

For Höflehner, Sofia Goggia’s pedal-to-the-metal run in the St. Anton Downhill was “the most brilliant  thing we’ve seen in women’s speed competitions in a long time: an incredible run with her signature style that keeps fans on the edge of their seats and Goggia on the top of the podium.”

Just behind her: Atomic athletes Breezy Johnson (3rd) and Ester Ledecka (4th). In view of this, Sofia’s DNF in the  Super-G is acceptable: “Shit happens, Sofia is always pushing it to the limit, and it’s important that she  keeps it that way.” 

Up next, the women’s tech crews will head to Flachau for the night slalom on Tuesday. The men’s  World Cup continues with the classic Lauberhorn races in Wengen. 

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