With her arms in the air and a cry of celebration on her lips Laura Dahlmeier** (GER) concluded the outstanding 14l15 season for the Fischer Race Family with her victory in the last race. The figures are overwhelming: six of the seven large overall World Cup globes and ten of the thirteen small crystal globes for victory in the various World Cup disciplines went to Fischer athletes. In the Nordic disciplines, 70% of the athletes made it to the podium with Fischer skis and 56% were also successful with Fischer boots. For the sixth time in succession Fischer thus emerged as the dominatingly successful Nordic ski and boot brand in the World Cup winter – and underlined this fact also at the two World Championships. In addition to all individual world champions in Falun (SWE) and numerous medal winners in Kontiolahti (FIN), the winners of the Vasalauf and Birkebeiner races also rely on Fischer for performance. Nordic racing success has a name: Fischer.
Globe after globe in biathlon
The battle for the large crystal globe in biathlon was true to tradition and remained exciting to the end. It was Darya Domracheva** (BLR) who finally clinched the overall World Cup title and additionally celebrated receiving the small crystal globe for the sprint World Cup. Kaisa Mäkäräinen** (FIN), who also took bronze at the World Championships on home ground, added the two small crystal globes for the individual and pursuit disciplines to her collection of trophies. After gold and silver at the World Championships, Franziska Preuss** (GER) rounded off her sensational season with victory in the mass start World Cup.
In the men’s events the large crystal globe went once again to Martin Fourcade (FRA), but Anton Shipulin** (RUS) made it by no means easy for the Frenchman, finishing second in the end in the overall rankings and winning the mass start discipline. The individual race title likewise went to an athlete in the Fischer Racing Team, with Sergey Semenov* (UKR) celebrating success.
Series winners in the Nordic combined
In the Nordic combined it was Eric Frenzel (GER), who relies on the complete Fischer ski and boot system, who set the standard. The exceptional athlete won the large crystal globe for what is now the third time in succession and led the ranks of the seven Fischer athletes at the top of the overall World Cup standings. The series winner at the World Championships in Falun, who won gold and silver in the team events, may not have won an individual medal, but the two World Championship titles stayed in the Fischer Race Family thanks to Johannes Rydzek** (GER) and Bernhard Gruber** (AUT).
Precision landing in ski jumping
The ski jumping World Cup remained exciting literally until the last second and the last jump. After two gold medals and one silver in Falun, Severin Freund’s* (GER) season peaked at the end with a precision landing and his biggest dream coming true: victory in the overall World Cup. This leaves the high-flying German with just one more target, which Stefan Kraft* (AUT) already managed to reach this season: victory in the Four Hills Tournament. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz* (AUT) likewise secured the large crystal globe for the Fischer Race Family in women’s ski jumping.
Norwegian Fischer dominance in cross country skiing
Even though Therese Johaug** (NOR) was highly impressive with three gold medals at the World Championships, the cross country World Cup season was dominated by Marit Bjørgen** (NOR). Following victory in the Tour de Ski and two gold medals and one silver in Falun, the exceptional Norwegian athlete won not only the overall World Cup but also the sprint and distance titles, adding three crystal globes to her collection of trophies. In the men’s events it was four-time gold medallist Petter Northug** (NOR) who left his mark on the World Championships, while Martin Johnsrud Sundby** (NOR) clinched victory in the Tour de Ski and then went on to take the overall World cup title. The small crystal globes for victory in the distance and sprint World Cup were likewise awarded to two Fischer athletes, namely Dario Cologna** (SUI) and Finn Haagen Krogh* (NOR).
With victory in the Vasalauf and Birkebeiner races going to Petter Eliassen** (NOR) and Justyna Kowalczyk** (NOR), plus Therese Johaug** (NOR) and numerous podium finishes in the Swix Ski Classics and the FIS Marathon Cup series, the Fischer athletes clearly set the tone in the long distance field, too.
Sparkling season’s results
”Our philosophy is to develop the best material together with the best people so we can then make it available to the general public. Well over half the athletes now rely on our complete ski and boot system. This makes us feel proud and shows us that we are on the right track with our commitment and our approach to developments. Being the most successful ski and boot brand in the Nordic World Cup for the sixth time in succession – there is no better way of proving our position as the global Nordic market leader,” says a delighted Thomas Drindl, Head of the Nordic Division at Fischer Sports, on behalf of the entire company.