Bernhard Knauss, head of Nordica Racing, is excited to name two promising new talents. Each equipped with two-year-contracts, Marcus Sandell and Samu Torsti will be using skis and boots made by the Italian traditional brand heading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“We have ambitious goals for the 2018 Olympics. We are already starting to build the foundation for our success now,” said Knauss. “I am happy that we were able to convince Samu, a talented young man, as well as Marcus, an experienced skier with a lot of routine. Both of them have recently showed that they are in very good shape, and the first equipment tests were very promising.”
Samu Torsti (23) has already been a Finnish national champion in giant slalom and was able to score a win in his special discipline in the European Cup as well. Torsti will be able to use the same equipment as the top athletes Neureuther or Dopfer now and expects further very good results from this collaboration.
Marcus Sandell (27), the second skier from Finland to join the team, is already bringing along well founded World Cup experience. His record already shows three European Cup wins as well as several top-10 placements in the World Cup. After a serious training accident in 2009, he had to fight his way back to the top of the world and has recently shown that he is quickly gaining ground.
Along with these two new additions, Nordica confirms the plan of wanting to remain in racing for the long run. The Italians have high expectations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang as well as for the earlier World Cup seasons.
“For us, racing belongs in our brand core. Thus, it is extremely important to form long-term collaborations with excellent athletes in this area. We strive to provide our athletes with the best material and to be a strong, reliable partner in this process,” explained Luka Grilc, brand manager at Nordica.
The established racing team will remain, so that the top skiers Felix Neureuther, Fritz Dopfer, Dominik Paris, Reto Schmidinger and Linus Strasser will continue to be at the top of the podium together with Nordica.
Release courtesy of Nordica