Opening of the World Cup Season 2018/2019 in Sölden
With a positive FIS snow check on the Rettenbachglacier this week, the countdown for the first World Cup Race of the season in Sölden has started!
The HEAD World Cup Rebels have done their homework in the summer time and are looking forward to the first Giant Slalom of the season in Austria next weekend.
As the start of the races is located at 3.040 meters, good weather is necessary for a fair race. Last year, the men`s race had to be canceled due to fog and wind…
On Thursday at 3.30 pm, HEAD will present the team for the upcoming season at the annual HEAD press conference (for accreditated media only) at the Freizeit Arena in Sölden focusing on this season’s highlight, the FIS Alpine World Championships in Åre, Sweden from February 5-17, 2019.
Who will come to the presentation? From the ladies’ team we will have Ragnhild Mowinckel, Stephanie Brunner, Wendy Holdener, Anna Veith, Lara Gut, Tina Weirather and Sara Hector on stage. From the men`s team, Alexis Pinturault, Kjetil Jansrud, Aksel Lund Svindal, Matts Olsson, Mathieu Faivre, Ted Ligety, Andre Myhrer, Beat Feuz, Matthias Mayer and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde will answer the journalists’ questions.
As the World Championships will take place in Sweden next year, we have put a special focus on the Swedish Team this summer, where a new face joined the Rebelsclub. Slalom specialist Mattias Hargin was looking for a new challenge and is now racing on HEAD products. He will start his race-season in Levi. In training the 33-year-old from Stockholm was feeling quite comfortable with his new equipment but, of course, fine tuning is always needed.
Most of the Swedish team has setup their summer homebase in Wanaka, on the south island of New Zealand and stayed there for one month. With excellent snow conditions and fine weather throughout their camp, most of the slalom training was done in Treble Cone while they trained giant slalom in Cardrona. While Hargin’s task number one was getting used to his new gear, olympic champion Andre Myhrer was finetuning his setup already.
Matts Olsson, who won his first World Cup race in Alta Badia last season, did a lot of testing and hopes to be on the right track for his main goal this season, the World Championships “at home”.
Sölden for him always was a bit of a love-hate relationship and this year it should be love again. He likes the long, steep pitch and is sure he will find the right setup togehter with his trusted technician Michi Gmeiner.
After the successful camp in New Zealand, the Suedes continued training on the European glaciers and cannot wait to put their guns on Tyrolean snow (ice) next weekend.
Let’s hope for good weather and let the winter begin.
Schedule for Sölden:
10:00 am 1st run Women’s Giant Slalom
01:00 pm 2nd run Women’s Giant Slalom
10:00 am 1st run Men’s Giant Slalom
01:00 pm 2nd run Men’s Giant Slalom