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FISCHER NEWS
January 9th, 2008 | November 3rd, 2007

Fischer athletes have dominated the opening of the cross-country season in Canada and on the World Cup:

  • Fischer athletes took home 16 of 18 medals at the NorAm races last week in Duntron, Ontario. Fischer athletes swept all but two races in every imaginable snow condition.
  • Fischer leads the World Cup brand rankings in every category, more than doubling the points of second place in the overall.
  • Fischer won in the men's and women's Tour de Ski with Lukas Bauer (CZE) and Charlotte Kalla (SWE).
Fischer Carbonlite RSC

The Lowdown on the Fischer RCS Carbonlite

Everyone has heard so much about the new Fischer RCS Carbonlite skis, but what makes them the talk of the XC World? Fischer has always been on the leading edge of cross-country development and the unveiling of the Carbonlites in 2005 holds true to that tradition. The Carbonlites are the most sought after skis on the market, but why?

Fischer has done endless research with many of the top skiers in the World like Norwegian Marit Bjoergen and Swede Thobias Fredricksson, with the aim of making the Carbonlites the best skis ever. Fischer has taken the basic construction from their industry leading RCSís and spiced it up a lot!

Starting with the core of the ski, Fischer has been able to improve their Air Core technology by developing a new bi-directional Air Core with the help of the multi-axial carbon fiber. This has allowed the Carbonlites to have a weight of less than 500 grams.

Fischer then added on a little more carbon, this time Multi-axial T300 1K to the skis tips, tails, and also as a laminate, making the tips and tails extremely tough while maintaining a very light weight. Fischer has also figured out how to minimize the oscillation in the ski when skating by the reduction of mass inertia (by the use of carbon), and optimizing the swing weight. This allows for skiers to save a little more energy and go that much faster.

Fischer takes quality control to a new level by testing each pair of skis with their Computer Flex Control (CFC), which has enabled them to minimize the differences in residual tension and camber pressure, thus allowing for exceptional climbing and kicking performance. With the help of this new technology Fischer has been able to construct skis in such a way that there is a considerable reduction in the pressure at the tips and tails. This creates unparalleled ski and glide in those always-tough conditions such as soft or wet snow.

The bases of the Carbonlites are finished off with one of two high performance grinds. For the cold RCS Carbonlite skate skis, the grind used is a fine and flat DTG cold structure produced by using a synthetic diamond. This makes the skis perfect for those cold and dry conditions. On the Plus RCS Carbonlite skate and classic skis, the grind used is a deeper and coarser DTG plus structure, made by the use of natural diamonds. This makes the skis ideal for warm and moist conditions. After grinding, all Fischer Carbonlites are coated with an infrared preparation with fluoride-content hot wax. This helps protect against the dirt and oxidation during their journey, and is completely unique among commercially available race skis. 

For the icing on the cake, Fischer has joined forces with Rottefella to offer the Carbonlites with the NIS plate for the coming winter, providing skiers with the most efficient power transfer system ever made.

With the attention to detail that goes into the Fischer RCS Carbonlite skis, itís no wonder they are so sought after.

The RCS Carbonlites Skate skis come in both Cold and Plus models, whereas the RCS Carbonlite Classic skis come in Plus models only. To purchase your Fischer RCS Carbonlite skis go to your nearest Fischer Retailer - and you better do it fast!

Find the Fischer dealer nearest you by visiting the dealer locator at www.fischer-ski.com/en/dealer_locator.

A Chat with the Tour de Ski winners

Lukas Bauer
Devon Kershaw Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer) is the new king of cross-country after superiorly winning the Tour de Ski with an advantage of nearly 3 minutes. In the following interview the tour winner talks about tears, the crazy uphill and an alternative way of celebrating the victory.

Congratulations on your victory in the Tour de Ski. How was the tour for you?
The Tour de Ski was very hard for me but I guess it was the same for everybody. The ups and downs are close together. In the Mass Start I just wanted to start crying because I thought my skis were not working. But then they became like rockets and one day after I was on top of the hill and I'm still really happy about my victory.

How was the last race for you with you having had such a big advantage?
The final stage was crazy, but maybe it was just because I had no experience from the previous season. I started with high speed. I wanted to keep distance in case I would get problems on the steepest part. I had no special tactics. I wanted to go as fast as in a normal race and keep up the speed.

How about your evening program after this victory?
Tonight I will skip the big celebration because I will go to Val Gardena for the Sprint Show. After that I will travel to Prague for the press conference tomorrow and then go home. I'm looking forward to that and then I will find some time to celebrate.

And what about afterwards?
Now Iím very tired, and I hope the next days will be without cross country skiing, maybe at the most alpine skiing. My next goal is the World Cup in Liberec (CZE) and we will see about the overall ranking.

All the best and good luck for the rest of the season.

Charlotte Kalla
Devon Kershaw Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) claimed victory at the Tour de Ski after eighth competitions in ten days and was crowned as the queen of cross-country skiing along with Lukas Bauer (CZE, Fischer). In the following interview she talks about the victory, strong feelings and surprises at the finish.

Charlotte, first of all, congratulations for your victory at the Tour de Ski. Now you are the queen of cross-country. Did you think about that when you woke up in the morning?
Thank you - No, I didn't think about that. I was pretty nervous. Then I tried to focus on the next race and not to think about what is coming after it.

How did you feel during the race?
I was quite tired but nevertheless it went very well. At the final climb I closed the gap to Virpi (Kuitunen) and rested a little bit behind her. Then I took my chance and overtook her. Actually I wanted to be first on top.

Is it true that you didn't look at the final climb before the stage?
Yes, I only saw the first hundred meters at the bottom before and then I spoke to some other athletes and my coaches. I climbed the hill for the first time today. It was just as tough as I thought it would be. Maybe the last part was much tougher than I had expected. But it was the right way to do it like this.

At the finish there was a big surprise waiting for you. What was it about?
Actually, there were two surprises. First of all I got a tour book with a poster for each Tour day from Herbie (Fischer service man) and I was really happy with it. I was even happier about meeting my father at the finish and that we were able to share this big moment. I didn't know that he would be in Italy at all.

How does it feel to be the queen of cross-country?
There are a lot of feelings in my body now. I almost cannot believe that this is true, itís like a dream. I have been preparing myself for the tour for a long time and it feels kind of empty now that it is over, but I also feel a lot of joy.

What is your program for the upcoming days?
Now it will be great to go home and have some rest. Then I will start to prepare my trip to Canada. My next goal is to get in good shape for the World Cups in Liberec (CZE) and Falun (SWE) because thatís where the World Championships will take place next year.

We wish you all the best and good luck for the rest of the season.

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