Two Crystal Globes for the new queen of the speed disciplines Corinne Suter, as well as a Crystal Globe each for Beat Feuz and Alexis Pinturault. A total of 20 World Cup victories, 19 second places, 17 third places. The HEAD World Cup Rebels enter the summer break earlier than planned with this successful tally for the season. The only downside: as a result of the race cancellations, Alexis Pinturault missed his very real opportunity to win the overall World Cup.
"From a results point of view, it is a pity that the last races had to be cancelled. Alexis Pinturault was very well placed from the start in the overall World Cup and also in the Giant Slalom. But when a global crisis prevents the races being held, then you have to accept it. When the whole world is turned upside down, a couple of ski races become less significant. The third Crystal Globe for the Downhill in a row for Beat Feuz and positions two, four, six and eight in the men's overall World Cup demonstrate once again the class of our team. Matthias Mayer also has a dream season behind him. That is motivation for the future," says HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber in summing up.
Alexis Pinturault writes skiing history
A new chapter in skiing history was written by HEAD World Cup Rebel Alexis Pinturault in the Combined event. The French athlete won the Crystal Globe for the sixth time in this discipline - a new record in the Ski World Cup. With six wins - three in Giant Slalom, two in Combined events and one in Slalom - the 28-year-old was the most successful HEAD athlete in the past World Cup season. The second most HEAD victories were won by Mattias Mayer. The Austrian athlete won two Downhill races, one Super-G and one Combined event. His personal highlight was winning the Downhill in Kitzbühel, where Mayer's HEAD team-mate Kjetil Jansrud from Norway won the Super-G. "The Kitzbühel weekend was a blast. They were the most important races of the season. Winning both speed discipline races there is a real highlight," emphasises Rainer Salzgeber.
Third Downhill Crystal Globe in a row for Beat Feuz
In the Downhill Beat Feuz was once again in a class of his own. The Swiss athlete won the races at Beaver Creek and Wengen and bagged his third Downhill crystal in a row. "In the end it was a more or less perfect series of wins in the Downhill for us. Five years ago we didn't know how Beat was doing with his knee. Looking back on the last two seasons, it was clear that he is one of the favourites again this season. He is incredibly consistent. Third place overall for Matthias was also awesome considering that he had to miss the race in Garmisch due to illness," explains Rainer Salzgeber.
Debut win for Tommy Ford
Tommy Ford celebrated his first World Cup victory in the Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek. Podium finishes in the men's races this season were also achieved by HEAD World Cup Rebels Mathieu Faivre and Johan Clarey from France, Alexander Schmid from Germany and Andre Myhrer from Sweden, who finishes his career following the end of this season.
Two Crystal Globes for Corinne Suter
In the women's events it was Corinne Suter who entered the limelight. The Swiss athlete has earned the crown as the new queen of the speed disciplines on the World Cup circuit. Suter won the Crystal Globe in the Downhill and Super-G disciplines and won a race in each of them. A special highlight was the two Downhill races in Crans Montana. The HEAD women's speed team celebrated a double victory in the first Downhill by the Swiss athletes Lara Gut-Behrami and Corinne Suter. The following day saw a triple win by Gut-Behrami, Suter and Nina Ortlieb from Austria. Elena Curtoni from Italy won her first World Cup victory in Bansko in the Downhill. This season there were also podium finishes for Wendy Holdener from Switzerland, Anna Swenn-Larsson from Sweden and Franziska Gritsch from Austria.
Successful season for the women
"The women HEAD World Cup Rebels also enjoyed a successful season. The two Crystal Globes for Corinne Suter and Lara Gut-Behrami's double victory were great achievements. Wendy Holdener also had great results. One of the rising stars of the season is certainly Corinne. Her reliability and results were awesome. Nina Ortlieb also deserves a special mention. She is the best Austrian in the overall World Cup. Nobody would have believed that before the season began. Franziska Gritsch is also on an excellent track with her two podium finishes. You can expect to see a lot more top results from her," says Rainer Salzgeber.
Kjetil Jansrud even faster with new skis
The HEAD Racing Director is already looking to the future: "We had planned to run tests in Kvitfjell starting on the 23rd of March. Unfortunately Kvitfjell has already closed down for the season. It's now a difficult situation. We'll have to wait and see how it develops. Whatever happens, we want to sign up one or two new athletes." And they are already working on the equipment for next season: "We have already had very encouraging speed equipment tests over the past few days. Kjetil Jansrud was faster on the new skis than on the skis with which he won Kitzbühel. We are making good progress. We also have some interesting new developments for technical discipline equipment, which hopefully we can test over the next few weeks."
HEAD World Cup Rebels successes in the 2019/20 season
Crystal Globes (4):
Downhill: Beat Feuz (SUI), <br /> Downhill: Corinne Suter (SUI)
Super-G: Corinne Suter (SUI)
Combined: Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
1st places (20):
- 6 Alexis Pinturault (FRA): Giant Slalom Sölden, Slalom Val d'Isere, Combined Bormio, Giant Slalom Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Combined Hinterstoder, Giant Slalom Hinterstoder
- 4 Matthias Mayer (AUT): Super-G Lake Louise, Combined Wengen, Downhill Kitzbühel, Downhill Kvitfjell
- 2 Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI): Downhill Crans Montana, Downhill Crans Montana
- 2 Beat Feuz (SUI): Downhill Beaver Creek, Downhill Wengen
- 2 Corinne Suter (SUI): Downhill Altenmarkt, Super-G Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- 1 Elena Curtoni (ITA): Downhill Bansko
- 1 Tommy Ford (USA): Giant Slalom Beaver Creek
- 1 Kjetil Jansrud (NOR): Super-G Kitzbühel
- 1 Nina Ortlieb (AUT): Super-G La Thuile
2nd places (19):
- 3 Beat Feuz (SUI): Downhill Bormio, Downhill Kitzbühel, Downhill Saalbach
- 3 Wendy Holdener (SUI): Slalom Levi, Combined Altenmarkt, Slalom Kranjska Gora
- 3 Corinne Suter (SUI): Downhill Lake Louise, Downhill Crans Montana, Downhill Crans Montana
- 2 Alexis Pinturault (FRA): Combined Wengen, Slalom Schladming
- 2 Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE): Parallel Slalom St. Moritz, Slalom Flachau
- 1 Johan Clarey (FRA): Downhill Beaver Creek
- 1 Mathieu Faivre (FRA): Giant Slalom Sölden
- 1 Franziska Gritsch (AUT): Combined Crans Montana
- 1 Kjetil Jansrud (NOR): Super-G Val Gardena
- 1 Matthias Mayer (AUT): Super-G Kitzbühel
- 1 Andre Myhrer (SWE): Slalom Val d'Isere
3rd places (17):
- 3 Wendy Holdener (SUI): Giant Slalom Courchevel, Super-G Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Giant Slalom Kranjska Gora
- 3 Matthias Mayer (AUT): Super-G Beaver Creek, Downhill Bormio, Super-G Hinterstoder
- 2 Beat Feuz (SUI): Downhill Lake Louise, Downhill Bormio
- 2 Corinne Suter (SUI): Super-G Lake Louise, Super-G La Thuile
- 1 Johan Clarey (FRA): Downhill Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- 1 Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI): Super-G Bansko
- 1 Tommy Ford (USA): Giant Slalom Yuzawa Naeba
- 1 Franziska Gritsch (AUT): Parallel Slalom St. Moritz
- 1 Nina Ortlieb (AUT): Downhill Crans Montana
- 1 Alexander Schmid (GER): Parallel Giant Slalom Chamonix
- 1 Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE): Slalom Killington