The HEAD World Cup Rebels become even stronger
After being the most successful brand on the Alpine World Cup last season, the four racers join at an exciting time for the brand as it builds on the success of the last few years.
After announcing his move, Sandro Viletta explained that: “I am extremely pleased and am top motivated for the upcoming season to attack with the HEAD team.” Viletta won the Super Combined Gold Medal at the Sochi Olympics one year after finishing fifth in the Schladming World Championships in the same event. Viletta lives near to St Moritz and will be looking use the home slope knowledge to good advantage at the 2017 World Championships in St Moritz after recovering from a right knee injury that saw him miss most of the 2015 – 2016 season.
Manuel Osborne-Paradis moves to HEAD after just missing the podium in the last regular season downhill in Kvitfjel last season. With three World Cup wins to his name, as well as eight other podium placings, Osborne-Paradis has renewed enthusiasm for battling it out at the top of the sport again. Osborne-Paradise explained why he has switched to the leading brand on the World Cup: “After a decade of World Cup racing on one ski brand I’ve decided to see what another brands can offer. I’ve decided that this brand will be HEAD. HEAD has an amazing race team on the ski hill and more importantly behind the scenes in their boot and ski factory. I’m very excited with this new relationship and can’t wait to see the results we can achieve together.”
Ragnhild Mowinckel joins the HEAD World Cup Rebels for the new season and explained: “I am thrilled to join the world-class HEAD Rebels team, an exclusive group of athletes who produce unparalleled success on the World Cup every year. I have full confidence in this new partnership as HEAD equipment suits not only my style of skiing, but also my free-spirited outlook and desire to push the limits.” Mowinckel has seven top ten results to her name to date.
Slalom specialist, Bernadette Schild, joins HEAD ranked 16th in Slalom in the World Cup. Schild will be looking to improve on the three podium results she has in her career to date as well as the nine further top ten results.
The success of HEAD is based on the whole team and the athletes pushing each other on to greater results.
Profile Ragnhild Mowinckel
Born on 12th of September 1992
Ski-Club: Sp.Kl. Rival
Disciplines: Giant Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Super Combined
Success: Seven Top Ten rankings at Worldcup (best: 5th place at Giant Slalom in Kühtai 2014), 6th place Super Combined at Olympic Games in Sotschi 2014, three times Junior World Champion
Profile Manuel Osborne-Paradis
Born on 8th of February 1984
Ski-Club: Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Disciplines: Downhill, Super-G
Success: Three Worldcup-Wins (Downhill Kvitfjell 2009, Super-G Lake Louise 2009, Downhill Val Gardena 2009), Total Eleven Podium rankings at Worldcup
Profile Bernadette Schild
Born on 2nd of January 1990
Ski-Club: SK Dienten
Disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom
Success: Three Worldcup-podiums (2nd place Slalom Lenzerheide 2013, 3rd place Slalom Courchevel 2013, 3rd place Slalom Kranjska Gora 2014), Junior World Champion Slalom 2008
Profile Sandro Viletta
Born on 23rd of January 1986
Ski-Club: La Punt Chamues-ch
Disciplines: Downhill, Super-G, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Combined
Success: Olympia-Sieger Kombination Sotschi 2014, ein Weltcup-Sieg (Super-G Beaver Creek 2011), insgesamt zwölf Top Ten-Platzierungen im Weltcup