In announcing a major new commitment to its competitive programs, Head Canada has named Todd Brooker, former Canadian National Team skier and World Cup Downhill winner to be directly responsible for developing the Head Canadian Race Team.
Rick Lalonde, General Manager of Head Canada, “Todd was part the development of our original racing ski in 1980 and the first man to win a World Cup Downhill on Head in 1983. His commitment to the sport of alpine ski racing is evident through his many involvements, including television broadcasting of the FIS World Cup races. His enthusiasm for racing and desire for success will help to set Head Skis apart from other brands.”
In building a racing team, Brooker has his sights set on racers who not only perform on the hill, but who represent the sport at the highest standard. “Head represents the highest standard for quality throughout their winter sport equipment. Our World Cup athletes represent the same characteristics, demonstrated by their winning performances on tour this season. They are also well respected ambassadors for the sport of skiing. In my new position, I intend to support young Canadian racers whose objectives include striving to achieve those same goals.” states Brooker.
Head racers are enjoying huge success on the World Cup circuit this season. Lead by American Bode Miller, who switched to Head skis, boots and bindings in the summer, followed by Didier Cuche from Switzerland, joining Marco Buechel of Leichtenstein who has raced on Head now for several seasons. The results for the Head team are coming fast, starting with victories of both the men’s and women’s season opening downhill’s at Lake Louise. Bode has already won four World Cup events this season and is leading the Super G standings and currently second in the Overall World Cup standings, right behind Didier who is first in the World Cup Downhill rankings.
Head skiers represent 3 of the top 6 racers in the World on the men’s circuit. Maria Riesch of Germany and Italian, Karen Putzer are two of Head’s top female World Cup racers representing Head along with Sarka Zahrobska who recently won the World-Cup night slalom in Zagreb (CRO) just a few days ago.
Head Canada Inc. has recently gone through a name change reflecting Head Sport AG (Head Canada’s corporate parent) new corporate identity and new branding initiatives.
Todd Brooker raced on the Canadian National Ski Team from 1977 through 1987. He was the winner of three World Cup Downhill events including the most notorious and celebrated race in the world, the Hahnenkahm in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Aspen, Colorado and Furano, Japan.