Lara Gut and Lindsey Vonn win Globes for HEAD World Cup Rebels
- in HEAD ski
- posted March 24, 2016
As a team, the HEAD World Cup Rebel athletes won 38 races across the season, with 25 Runners-Up spots and 16 Third place places on the podium. This could have been more had top stars not been injured. The season started with Anna Fenninger injuring herself as the world arrived in Soelden, then Ted Ligety, Aksel Lund Svindal, Sara Hector, Matthias Mayer, Guillermo Fayed and Lindsey Vonn all ended their season’s early through injury.
The expression What’s Your Limit, meant that the Rebels stood up and were counted. Lara Gut, in her first season on the HEAD World Cup Rebels team, spent all season battling Lindsey Vonn for the speed discipline Globes and while Lindsey locked down her 20th Globe early on in the Downhill, Gut fought her way to surpass her in Super G and eventually ended up winning the Overall by 300 points.
If Vonn and Gut were the headline acts, then Wendy Holdener will soon be joining them at that level. Holdener had scored two podiums in her career coming into this season, she then added to this in Lienz before going on to take the opening World Cup win of her career by pushing it to the limit in the City Event in Stockholm. Another win followed in the Alpine Combined in Lenzerheide that secured the discipline Globe for her.
The courage and tenacity of the HEAD World Cup Rebels could be described by the sheer determination of Lindsey Vonn’s performance in Soldeu, Andorra. Having crashed and injured her knee in the Super G, Vonn came back the next day to win the Super G section of the Alpine Combined, scored vital points in the race for the Overall and then after further examination of her knee, decided she had to withdraw from further racing.
The HEAD World Cup Rebels Men’s team were flying high coming into January and then in the matter of moments, Ted Ligety and Aksel Lund Svindal joined Matthias Mayer out for the season. This saw Alexis Pinturault then go on a four race unbeaten run in Giant Slalom and come within a whisker of winning the Globe. Victory in the race for the Alpine Combined Globe was his reward for the hard work of the full team.
With more wins than the previous year, new faces also joined the big stars on the podium for HEAD this year: Taina Barioz scored her first podium for HEAD since joining the team in the last Giant Slalom race of the season; Elena Curtoni added her name to the podium winners in the Downhill at St Moritz; Mathieu Faivre podiumed in the Giant Slalom as well, Ramona Siebenhofer podiumed in the Downhill in Lake Louise; Andrew Weibrecht and Guillermo Fayed pushed it to the limit to win speed podiums while Adrien Theaux took the bull by the horns in St Catarina to win convincingly.
The end of the speed season marked the return to the Winners enclosure for Beat Feuz. Out for the first part of the season and then made his comeback in Wengen, Feuz ended the season with two wins in the final two races and three other podium places – what a comeback!
There were also race wins for Ted Ligety, Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal. On two occasions the HEAD World Cup Rebels locked out the podium taking all three spots!
It was the win of Andre Myhrer in the final Slalom that had Rainer Salzgeber, Racing Manager for the HEAD World Cup rebels in raptures of joy. This was the first win in the Slalom for HEAD since the ski design radically altered at the turn of the century. Myhrer had ended the slalom podium draught with his second place in Naeba, Japan and then he went on to win the final race of the season in St Moritz.
The 2015 – 2016 HEAD World Cup Rebels may not have secured the Men’s Overall Globe, the stated aim at the beginning of the season, they did prove that they can push it to the limit!