In the first speed race of the season, the Downhill in Lake Louise on Saturday, the HEAD Worldcup Rebels impressively confirmed their clear position as number 1 in this discipline with a triple victory. Matthias Mayer from Austria won in Canada ahead of his compatriot and Downhill World Champion Vincent Kriechmayr and Beat Feuz from Switzerland, who won the Crystal Globe in the Downhill last season. In the women's events, Wendy Holdener finished third on Sunday, racing to her 28th World Cup Slalom podium finish in Killington, USA.
"That was really a brilliant performance by Matthias Mayer, Vincent Kriechmayr and Beat Feuz. We knew that our top athletes weren't showing all their cards during training. Lake Louise was a very challenging race, however. Visibility was poor and skiing conditions were not easy. All the more brilliant that they conjured up all the trumps on the day. Moving the Downhill event that was cancelled on Friday to Beaver Creek is a very good decision in terms of our plans," emphasised HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber.
Seventh Downhill victory for Matthias Mayer
For Matthias Mayer, it was the eleventh World Cup victory, the seventh in the Downhill. "It was a brutally hard run. Visibility was difficult, but it was the same conditions for everyone. It was a cool race. This victory is a successful start to the season. But my lead on Vince and Beat is not huge, so I mustn't get carried away in the next races," is how the 31-year-old analysed his result at the finish.
Wendy Holdener third – five HEAD athletes in the top-ten
In the women's events, only one race could be held in Killington in the US state of Vermont at the weekend. Too much wind prevented the Giant Slalom from going ahead on Saturday. In the Slalom on Sunday, Wendy Holdener finished in third place. This was the 28th podium finish in a World Cup Slalom for the Swiss athlete. A total of five HEAD World Cup Rebels finished in the top nine. Lena Dürr from Germany repeated her strong performance in Levi, finishing in fifth place. Sara Hector from Sweden finished sixth, Maria Therese Tviberg from Norway was eighth. This saw Tviberg equal her previous best Slalom result, which she achieved in December 2020 in Semmering, Austria. Anna Swenn-Larsson from Sweden finished ninth.