Andre Myhrer ends draught from the top step!
Andre Myhrer has been in sparkling form this season with podiums in the Parallel Slalom in Alta Badia as well as taking second in the City Event in Stockholm and the Slalom in Naeba. This was his first win since joining the HEAD World Cup Rebels team last season.
“It’s an unbelievable way to end the season,” said Myhrer after his first win since 2012. “It’s a totally amazing feeling, it was a tough start to the season for me and I had to really work to come in and make some good results. I had a feeling that it turned a little bit in Japan with the second place there and then in Stockholm. After that I’ve just been skiing really good and to finish like this was perfect.”
Myhrer was two-tenths off the lead after the first run in a very tight affair – the top seventeen racers were all within a second of the lead and whole field was packed into one and a half seconds. Myhrer put in a blistering second run that saw him take over the lead from Hirscher with three racers to go. None were able to better his time and when first run leader Daniel Yule dropped out of the top ten, Myhrer was still in first place with a lead of 0.14 seconds.
Jonathan Nordbotten, one of the exciting new stars to have burst onto the Slalom scene this season looked to be heading into the top fifteen but finished at the back of a group of racers that were all separated by one-hundredth of a second from each other, he ended up 20th.
The day belonged to Andre Myhrer as he celebrated ending the HEAD World Cup Rebels draught in Slalom. At the end of the 2014 – 2015 season, HEAD Racing Manager Rainer Salzgeber had expressed a strong desire to improve the record of the slalom ski: First a podium and then a win! The bar has been raised!
1. Andre Myhrer (SWE) HEAD
2. Marcel Hirscher
3. Sebastian Foss-Solewaag
Barioz and Gut podium in final Giant Slalom, Overall Globe collected by Gut
The final race of the 2015 – 2016 World Cup season saw Lara Gut confirmed as one of the top female skiers of the season with third place and after the race she collected her first Overall Globe as the best female ski racer of the year. Following on from her good friend Anna Fenninger winning it for the last two years, Gut was happy to keep the Globe amongst the HEAD World Cup Rebels. Viktoria Rebensburg took the win with Taina Barioz in second for the HEAD World Cup Rebels.
Rebensburg had put in a great second run to lead in the finish and Lara Gut came down into second behind her. Gut had attacked at the top of the course but lost time on the steep section. Standing at the start Gut had heard that Rebensburg was still in the lead and she realised that she had to give it her all.
For Taina Barioz, this was her second career podium and with so much excitement in the race regarding the destination of the Giant Slalom Globe, Barioz was almost forgotten about! Trailing first run leader Eva-Maria Brem by just six-hundredths of a second, Barioz had the chance to take a maiden World Cup win.
At the top of the course Barioz was still in the lead but like Gut, she lost a little time on the steep to go into second, just behind Rebensburg. When Brem skied down and into fourth, enough for her to take the Globe, it meant that the two HEAD World Cup Rebels were on the podium, the first time two Rebels had been on the podium in the same race all season. Second place is still the best result of her career to date.
As Lara Gut held the Overall Globe, she looked at it and said: “It will take time to appreciate this!” Gut also ended up third in the Giant Slalom standings.
For the HEAD World Cup Rebels, the season ended with the team as the most successful in terms of points scored across all the disciplines against all the other brands.
1. Viktoria Rebensburg
2. Taina Barioz (FRA) HEAD
3. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD