Globes, Golds and pushing it to the limit: HEAD World cup Rebels in 2015

Anna Fenninger took the Overall and Giant Slalom Globes; Lindsey Vonn the two speed globes in the Women’s races and Kjetil Jansrud the two speed globes in the men’s races. There were also world cup race wins for Liz Goergl, Sara Hector, Alexis Pinturault, Matthias Mayer and Dustin Cook: This was a victorious season for the Rebels.

Fenninger started off the season with victory in Soelden and ended the season with victory in Meribel but some of the other highlights of the season were seeing Lindsey Vonn surpass the record for the total number of wins for a female in the World Cup. With victory in the Super G, the record now sits at 67! While Maria Hoefl-Riesch retired at the end of last season, Wendy Holdener took on the mantel in the slalom taking a podium in Kuhtai. Edit Miklos also took a podium in St Moritz, a career first podium for her.

Rainer Salzgeber, Racing Manager for HEAD, commented that “we had a lot of podiums, it was almost a record season for us. Some days we know we need to perform better but we are looking forward to the new season. We know we have to work in the off season.”

With a season that has reaped 32 wins in total, 30 runners up spots and 18 third places, Salzgeber is quick to applaud the “great athletes we have,” and added: “we definitely have some goals that we did not meet so far. It will be a busy spring he added. While the wait goes on for a Slalom podium, Salzgeber feels that progress has been made with Andre Myhrer taking third place on the first run and Ligety matching that as well as Alexis Pinturault taking the best second run time in Kitzbuehel.

Christian Greber pointed to the return of Lindsey Vonn and breaking the number of wins record as one of his highlights for the season while pointing out that the work never stops on improving the team for next year.

With such a successful season, final word goes to Johan Eliasch. Asked what his highlights of the season were, three moments came to mind: Firstly it was Kjetil Jansrud’s win in Kitzbuehel; then Ted Ligety’s second run at the World Championships in Beaver Creak to win the World Championship Gold in Giant Slalom and the Lindsey Vonn’s comeback “and the way she came back.”

Asked how the team can improve its record on the podium, Johan Eliasch was quick to say “there is always room for improvement, I think we did well, but there were too many second places and definitely too many third places!” And all this without a podium in Slalom!

So 2015 draws to a close, next season has already started.


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