The HEAD World Cup Rebels dominate the speed events at the World Championships in Cortina. Gold medals in the Super-G by Lara Gut-Behrami and Vincent Kriechmayr are followed by two more Golds in the Downhill competitions. Vincent Kriechmayr is king of the speed events in the World Cup, bagging his second victory in Cortina on Sunday in the Downhill. The fastest women athlete in Cortina is Corinne Suter, winning her first Gold medal at a World Championship on Saturday in the Downhill and Silver in the Super-G.
"The first week of the World Championship is behind us, and we have notched up four Gold medals. We've never had that before. In Sochi we won three Gold medals, but missed Gold in the women's Downhill," said HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber. "Vincent Kriechmayr winning two Golds as a newcomer is of course especially cool. I want to thank our whole team, everyone did a great job. Our CEO Johan Eliasch is also in Cortina. We're very pleased to have his support here."
Impressive run to Gold
Corinne Suter demonstrated her class in style on the lower section of the Downhill run to grab the Gold medal. Two years ago she won Silver in the Downhill and Bronze in the Super-G at the World Championships in Aare. "If I'm honest, it hasn't quite sunken in yet," said Corinne Suter at the finish. "I have to give a lot of the credit to my service man. He always does a 100 percent job. I was able to demonstrate my strengths today and it paid off."
Seventh World Championship medal for Lara Gut-Behrami
Lara Gut-Behrami had her sights set on double Gold in the speed disciplines following her Gold medal in the Super-G. She made a decisive mistake however, although the result was still good enough for Bronze - her seventh World Championship medal in total. "If you told me a week ago I was going to win these two medals, I would have been delighted. But when I look at the mistake I made, that is really annoying! I know I could have got more out of it. But Corinne more than deserves the Gold medal," said Lara Gut-Behrami.
Bib number 1 to double Gold
On Sunday, Vincent Kriechmayr started with bib number 1 in the Downhill. And held on to that position right until the end of the race. In 2019, the Austrian athlete won Bronze in the Downhill World Championship in Aare, and now Gold in Cortina. Following on from his Super-G victory, Vincent Kriechmayr is the most successful athlete of the World Championships so far with two Gold medals. "It's difficult to take it all in. It was a crazy race. I skied really well at the top, but came out of my racing stance several times on the flatter sections. God was on my side today, I am very happy about my result," said Vincent Kriechmayr. The Bronze medal in the Downhill went to Beat Feuz, 18 hundredths of a second behind Kriechmayr. It was the third World Championship medal in the Downhill for the Swiss athlete - he won Gold in St. Moritz in 2017 and Bronze in Vail in 2015.
HEAD tally after four races: four Gold, one Silver, three Bronze
The HEAD World Cup Rebels won all four speed discipline Gold medals at the World Championships in Cortina: double Gold for Vincent Kriechmayr, and one Gold each for Corinne Suter and Lara Gut-Behrami. These were joined by four more medals: Silver in the Super-G for Corinne Suter, Bronze in the Downhill for Lara Gut-Behrami, Bronze in the Super-G for Alexis Pinturault and Bronze in the Downhill for Beat Feuz.