Vincent Kriechmayr & Ragnhild Mowinckel victorious in Courchevel

In the last speed events of this season, the HEAD Worldcup Rebels once again showed up in style in Courchevel. Vincent Kriechmayr was the fastest in the Downhill on Wednesday on the 2023 World Cup course and was also in a class of his own in the Super-G on Thursday. Ragnhild Mowinckel bagged her second World Cup victory in the Super-G on Thursday. Christine Scheyer finished second in the Downhill event, missing her second World Cup victory by just a tenth of a second.

"Vincent Kriechmayr made a giant leap last week. He analysed everything in detail and saw that he had to ski with more attack. Winning the final so confidently is good for him and also good for us. We can all go to the World Championships next season with a very good feeling," emphasizes HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber. "The same applies to Ragnhild Mowinckel. This victory is a really motivating boost for her. This erases a lot of what happened earlier from the hard drive. She will also travel to the World Cup with a good feeling. Christine Scheyer has shown that she can find the right technique on runs with a lot of turns, as she did when she won her first victory. Her attack was excellent."


"I managed a dream run up there"

For Vincent Kriechmayr, these were victories two and three this season following his success in the Downhill in Wengen in January. Overall, the 30-year-old has now won twelve World Cup victories in his career. "It was very demanding, one of the most exhausting races. I put everything into it, even more would not have worked. I managed a dream run up there. I wanted to give it my all. That it worked in the end is really great. This finish to the season is very important for my self-confidence next season," says the Austrian athlete, delighted with his Downhill victory. "I had to push myself to the limit again today. We also adjusted the equipment slightly and my service man did a great job," Kriechmayr added after his success in the Super-G on Thursday. In the overall ranking for the Super-G, Kriechmayr moved up to third place - just ahead of his HEAD team-mate Matthias Mayer.


Beat Feuz just misses the Crystal Globe

Beat Feuz crossed the finish line in third place in the Downhill. The Swiss athlete just missed his fifth Crystal Globe in the Downhill by 13 points. "I have won the Downhill World Cup four times in a row. I just missed it this season. But I was in the lead again, stood on the podium seven times, and am Olympic Champion. So everything is okay for me," is how the 35-year-old summed up the season at the finish line. James Crawford from Canada finished seventh, Ryan Cochran-Siegle from the USA eighth and Matthias Mayer from Austria and Dominik Schwaiger from Germany tied for twelfth place. In the Super-G, James Crawford finished fifth, Ryan Cochran-Siegle was seventh, Alexis Pinturault from France eighth, Justin Murisier from Switzerland ninth, Beat Feuz tenth and Matthias Mayer twelfth.


First speed event victory for Ragnhild Mowinckel

Ragnhild Mowinckel also had reason to celebrate the last Super-G of the season on Thursday. The Norwegian athlete won her first World Cup victory in a speed discipline. The 29-year-old has already stood at the top of a World Cup podium once before, in the 2018 Giant Slalom in Ofterschwang. Corinne Suter from Switzerland finished in sixth place, Laura Gauche from France eighth and Elena Curtoni from Italy 15th. In the overall ranking for the Super-G, Elena Curtoni finished second and Ragnhild Mowinckel finished fourth.


Christine Scheyer races to the World Cup podium for the second time

In the last Downhill of the season, Christine Scheyer finished second, just a tenth of a second behind the winner Mikaela Shiffrin. The Austrian athlete had previously stood on the World Cup podium once in her career - in her 2017 victory in the Downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. "Of course I'm annoyed by the tenth of a second, but today the joy of snatching a second place is certainly bigger than that. I tried to ski flat-out. But I was still surprised at the finish when it was green. I wanted to attack and I managed to do that today," explained the 27-year-old. Fifth place went to Lara Gut-Behrami from Switzerland, just six hundredths of a second behind Scheyer. Another six hundredths of a second behind her was Ragnhild Mowinckel in sixth place. Elena Curtoni was tenth. In the overall discipline ranking, Olympic Downhill Champion Corinne Suter finished second.