Grugger stays, Schifferer joins

August 23rd, 2006

Johann Grugger extends his sponsorship deal with Head-Tyrolia early. The agreement is now valid until 2008. The 24-year-old athlete demonstrates continuity by doing so, which does not come as a surprise after his recent successes. "I'm very satisfied with the package", the Austrian explains. "The environment suits me very well, so I've made a future oriented decision." Grugger fought his way up to the world elite in the last three World Cup years. After finishing in the top ten in the Super-G in Lake Louise (Canada), a place on the podium followed in February 2004 in St. Anton, Austria. The Head-Tyrolia racer achieved his first victories in the 2004/05 season: In Bormio (Italy) and Chamonix (France), no one was faster than Grugger in the downhill races. At the end of the season, he took fifth place in the downhill World Cup.

In the Olympic season 2005/06, the talented athlete showed a great performance as well: After finishing third in Beaver Creek (USA) and Val d'Isère (France), he won the Super-G in Gröden (Austria) and made a strong statement as one of the best skiers in this discipline. Unfortunately, a setback followed shortly after. The Austrian got injured in the downhill race in Bormio and had to end the season early. He also missed the Winter Games in Torino, where he would have been a top candidate for an Olympic medal.

Johann Grugger, having overcome the injury, will be back on his skis, finding fast lines again down the World Cup slopes. Until 2008 he will be using the same equipment he had as a youngster when he celebrated his first big triumphs. Head-Tyrolia appreciates the top athlete's confidence in the brand and is looking forward to his future triumphs.

Schifferer signing two-year deal with Head-Tyrolia
With Andreas Schifferer, another top athlete in the speed disciplines chose Head skis. The 32-year-old signed a two-year contract and offers a convincing reason for this move: "Head-Tyrolia is simply the ideal solution for me!" In his best races so far, the speed skier from Radstadt, Austria, was using Head skis. In the 1997/98 season he finished first in four downhill races and won the small crystal ball in this discipline. In the overall World Cup he was also going strong and took second place. Altogether, Schifferer has landed eight World Cup victories and won a bronze medal in both the Olympics and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
With the new equipment, Schifferer hopes to get closer to achieving his dreams of victory. In the past few years, he regularly made the top ten, but did not get to step on the podium.