The best keep getting better: Meet the HEAD World Cup Rebels for 2015 – 2016
- in HEAD ski
- posted October 21, 2015
But that was last season and this season Lara Gut joins the World Cup Rebels as they look to raise the bar higher in the pursuit of excellence. At the end of last season HEAD CEO, Johan Eliasch reflected that the team has to keep moving forward to maintain its position as the number one brand in Alpine Ski Racing. With the team having secured 25% of the available World Cup points last season, the standards have been set!
Gut joins the team having already won a bronze in the Sochi Olympic Downhill; three silver medals in the World Championships plus a bronze in the Downhill in Vail last season and has twelve wins on the World Cup and eight other podium finishes. Gut is one of the top names on the speed tour and will be looking to challenge for further success in Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill.
Lotte Sejersted joins the HEAD World Cup rebels this season. Lotte is a rising talent on the World Cup with four top ten results in Downhill to her name in her World Cup career to date. Lotte recognises that to make the step up to the podium and winning races she needed to have the best equipment and as a result believes HEAD can provide this for her.
Lindsey Vonn returned to the World Cup Tour and by the end of the season had set new records for the number of World Cup wins: Lindsey has now set the bar at 67 Wins with the aim to keep raising the bar! With nineteen Globes tucked away at home, Lindsey wants to add to the four Overall Globes that she already has! Lindsey will be ready for the new season despite an injury scare in the summer that saw her curtail her pre season training.
The HEAD World Cup Rebels girls scored 16 race wins last season including a maiden World Cup Giant slalom win for Sarah Hector and a podium finish by Wendy Holdener in the slalom in Kuhtai. With Lizz Goergl continuing to amass wins and podium places, the strength in depth of the HEAD World Cup Rebels girls team is there for all to see. While Johan Eliasch would like to see more wins in the Slalom column, the success of the team across the board is a Joy to see!
The recognition of the strength of the female market has seen the Joy range of HEAD products being endorsed across the range by the HEAD World Cup Rebels women! Just a few days prior to the Opening of the World Cup Anna Fenninger suffered a season ending injury to her knee while training in Soelden and will not be able to defend her Overall Globe.
With more wins in the two speed disciplines than any other brand, the HEAD World Cup Rebel Men, set the tone for the whole World Cup. Kjetil Jansrud opened up the speed campaign with wins in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek and held on to take both the Downhill and Super G Globes as the best racer from the season.
Matthias Mayer bolstered his post Olympic success credentials with a faultless weekend in Saalbach Hinterglemm winning both the Downhill and Super G. Thirteen race wins by the Men and 27% of points available on the World Cup tell just part of the story.
Jansrud was the man to beat in both Downhill and Super G and his Globes are the reward for the hard work he put in through the season. Aksel Lund Svindal returns to the fray again this season and he will be gunning for the speed titles again. Add Mayer to the equation and the rest of the HEAD World Cup Rebels Speed racers and you have an eagerly anticipated battle. After a year out injured Erik Guay will make his eagerly anticipated return to racing in the speed events this season.
When the attention turns to the technical events, those that witnessed the steely determination that saw Ted Ligety retain his World Championship Giant Slalom crown in Vail, will recognise the hard work that was put in to make this possible. While the World Cup saw Ligety win just the once, the win on home snow for the World Championships where he battled back from fifth after the first run to take the World Championship for the third time in a row, was another of the amazing memories of last season.
Alexis Pinturault scored two wins last season: The Combined in Kitzbuehel and the Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora. Add the four podium spots to his success story and it is no surprise to see this World Cup Rebel ended up second in the Giant Slalom standings as well as third Overall. Pinturault will be aiming to go higher with the Overall a target in 2016!
Dustin Cook made a real step up last season as he silver medaled in the Super G at the World Championships as he lead five HEAD racers home and then carried this form through to the end of the season, winning the final Super G of the season at Meribel. Dustin produced career high’s in both Super G and Giant Slalom through the season.
New names from last season stood up to the plate as well: Gino Caviezel scored two top ten places as well as four of his best five career results as he battled his way to the World Championships as well as the World Cup Finals in Giant Slalom.
Rainer Salzgeber explained after the World Cup season that had finished on a high in Meribel, that it is a team effort that makes the HEAD World Cup Rebels team such a success. The hard work that is put in by all levels helps to bring the victories. While the wait for a podium in the Men’s Slalom goes on, the results of Pinturault, Ligety and Myhrer reflects in the work being done: Top three places from the first run and fourth place finishes will soon be translated into podiums on the current trajectory.
When the standards are set high, you have to work hard to maintain them. Johan Eliasch commented after the races in Meribel that he would like to see more of the third places converted into second places and the second places converted into wins.
With no World Championship or Olympics on the schedule this winter, the focus is on the World Cup: More races and more opportunities for success for the HEAD World Cup Rebels around the world.
As the HEAD hashtag says #HEADWhatsYourLimit ?