Tommy Ford - two different skis for first World Cup victory
On the Birds of Prey slope in Beaver Creek, the HEAD World Cup Rebels once again showed their claws. A sensational first World Cup victory for Tommy Ford in the Giant Slalom. In the Downhill event the HEAD Rebels celebrated a double victory with Beat Feuz and Johann Clarey, and in the Super-G Matthias Mayer finished third. In the women's races Corinne Suter made it an awesome HEAD weekend with two podium finishes in Lake Louise.
Tommy Ford finally made the breakthrough in his 86th World Cup race. In the Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek he started in the lead on the second run and, despite the difficult weather conditions, managed to clinch victory with the second best time and eight tenths of a second lead overall. With this win and his fourth place in the first Giant Slalom of the season in Sölden, the 30-year-old American takes the lead in the ranking for this discipline. "I'm very pleased I managed to win in front of my home crowd," said the first-time winner at the finish.
"We have been working on optimising everything for Tommy Ford since the summer. The Sölden result was a solid step forward. When he won in Beaver Creek, he skied each run with different skis because we knew that the second run would be different from the first. His service man's decision was spot-on," says HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber.
Beat Feuz followed by Johan Clarey for a double Downhill victory
There was a double victory for the HEAD team in the challenging Downhill on Saturday. Beat Feuz from Switzerland won on a shortened course, like in 2018, because strong winds closed the top flat section of the run. This victory puts him in the lead in the Downhill World Cup. Following the 2019 Downhill World Cup winner, Frenchman Johan Clarey took second place just 41 hundredths of a second behind. In the Super-G on Friday Matthias Mayer delivered another podium finish for the HEAD team. The Austrian, who injured his hip during training, was pleased with his third place in Beaver Creek following his first Super-G victory in Lake Louise.
Two podium finishes for Corinne Suter in Lake Louise
Corinne Suter from Switzerland was on top form in the two women's Downhill runs in Lake Louise. On Friday she achieved her best World Cup result so far in second place. The 25-year-old missed her first victory by just 35 hundredths of a second. To round off an awesome weekend, the Swiss athlete bagged her next podium finish with third place in the Super-G in Lake Louise.