Gold, crystal and numerous victories – a great season for the HEAD Racing Team

March 16th, 2010

Victories and successes are nothing new for the HEAD Racing Team – but in the 2009/2010 season, the performance of the HEAD athletes was particularly impressive. It was above all the women who dominated the races, doing exactly as they pleased and bringing home gold from the Olympic Games.

Didier Cuche is again the king of downhill racing. With his final victory in Kvitfjell, the HEAD racer won the crystal globe for the third time in the top speed discipline. After having been on the winners’ rostrum six times and winning five races, this latest triumph was well deserved for his many races at the absolute limit. Thousands of fans cheered Cuche on when he won the two races in Kitzbühel. He received the coveted crystal globe at the World Cup finale in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Bode Miller’s golden hour came earlier. Shortly before the Winter Games in Vancouver, the HEAD Racer reclaimed his position among the best when he won the Super Combined classic at Wengen. His success was to be a positive omen for what lay ahead at the top sports events in Canada. Patrick Staudacher, Ambrosi Hoffmann and Marco Büchel were the other HEAD speed racers to climb the World Cup podiums.

The women on the HEAD Racing Team took an even more dominant position than their male colleagues. Lindsey Vonn, Maria Riesch and Anja Pärson claimed first, second and third place in the Overall World Cup, won four out of five crystal globes and brought their competitors to the brink of despair. Lindsey Vonn, in particular, guaranteed record results.

17 times on the winners’ podium, 11 victories in 3 different disciplines, 1,671 World Cup points – that’s the result of the new member of the HEAD team, Lindsey Vonn. The American outshone her competitors above all in downhill and Super-G, but in the end she also won the crystal globe for the Super Combined. There was only one competitor who could match herself with Vonn on the downhill courses: brand colleague and Lindsey’s friend Maria Riesch who won two downhill races and one slalom and made it to the winners’ rostrum 11 more times. In the end, speed queen Vonn won the internal duel between the HEAD athletes and got the large crystal globe for the third time in a row. This makes her one of the greatest stars of Alpine skiing of all times.

Success was, however, not limited to Riesch and Vonn alone. Anja Pärson climbed the winner’s podium seven times, one time as the winner. Slalom ace Sarka Zahrobska and Austrian Elisabeth Görgl were responsible for more victories, and Görgl also finished two races among the best three. Susanne Riesch has not yet made it quite to the top, but the young German established herself as a top racer in slalom and made it to the winners’ podium twice. All in all, the HEAD women collected 4,830 points in the FIS brand ranking, nearly 3,000 more than the next ranked competitor in second place. An overwhelmingly sensational result!

The HEAD racers showed no mercy at the Olympic Games either. Maria Riesch crowned herself queen of the Games winning the Super Combined and the slalom race. Downhill, too, was in the HEAD women’s grasp: super-woman class athlete Lindsey Vonn won Olympic gold, Elisabeth Görgl the first of two bronze medals. Anja Pärson also won bronze and displayed her fighting spirit when she made it to the winners’ podium in the Super Combined after her severe crash in the downhill the day before. Lindsey Vonn made bronze in the Super-G, and Sarka Zahrobska’s dream of an Olympic medal came true as well: she won bronze in the slalom.

In the men’s disciplines it was HEAD racer Bode Miller who left his mark on the Winter Games. The American won three medals, even though his start in the competition was with the handicap of a severely swollen ankle. Miller got better from race to race. After bronze in the downhill, only nine hundredths of a second behind the winner, Miller won silver in the Super-G. In the Super Combined he struck gold after a furious performance in the slalom.

The HEAD stars brought home eleven medals from Whistler Mountain. Add to that one big and five small crystal globes, 32 World Cup victories – more than any other ski brand – and 55 podiums. The HEAD Racing Team celebrated its most successful season ever and set the standards for ski racing in the winter of 2009/2010. Now the focus will shift to preparing for next winter – with the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as the highlight!