It is with great sadness that Atomic has said goodbye to Nordic Race Director, Peter Jurich. Life on the World Cup can be tough and after almost 20 years of service Peter decided he needed to spend more time with his family. Replacing the often times flamboyant and occasionally controversial Jurich is the equally colorful Roman Toferer. Atomic has enjoyed the services of Roman as the head service technician on the World Cup for the last seven years and now he will serve as the overall director. We caught up with Roman during a recent testing session on the Dachstein Glacier.
Rick Halling: Congratulations on your new position. I remember when you were a wild little brat who used to crank his Euro Trash rock music in the Atomic service trailer at World Cups. Now you be the man. Are you nervous?
Roman Toferer: Don’t forget, you told me you liked that music. But yes, I am nervous. Peter put together a pretty amazing team last year and it will be tough to match those results. Tobias Angerer was overall Worldcup Champion for men and Andrea Henkel was overall Worldcup Champion for ladies. What is cool is that both of them were on Atomic skis, boots and bindings. I do not know if any company has ever had a sweep like that before. So yes, I am a little nervous to be taking over such a strong winning team.
Us Ski Team Member Billy Demong Taking Silver At The Worlds
Rick Halling: Peter Jurich definitely stepped up Atomic’s recruitment of Americans. Will that be important for you as well?
Roman Toferer: Oh yes, the US Ski Team is doing some very smart things right now. Last year, the Americans made it to the podium six times in World Cup races. Three of those six times were with Atomic skis and boots, we are now the number one choice for the US Ski Team. Recruiting the top Americans is a high priority for us. That is why we got Lindsey Weier to join our team for this coming year.
Team Atomc Boot Technicians With An Early Prototype Of The Race Skate Carbon
Rick Halling: What is number three on your list for priorities?
Roman Toferer: That is easy. It is the Tour de Ski. That will be the most important event this year with no Olympics and no World Championships. In a few years, the Tour de Ski will be a bigger event for Nordic skiing than the Olympics and the Worlds. For this year, it is our goal to win every stage.