HEAD Worldcup Rebels’ triple victories in Cortina

Two Downhills and a Super-G in Cortina make three victories for the HEAD Worldcup Rebels. Friday sees Stephanie Venier celebrate her second World Cup victory in the first Downhill race of the weekend in front of Lara Gut-Behrami. On Saturday, it's Ragnhild Mowinckel who wins her first Downhill, with Lara Gut-Behrami following up on Sunday in the Super-G ahead of Stephanie Venier for World Cup victory No. 41. In the two Super-G events in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Saturday sees Guglielmo Bosca and Sunday Franjo von Allmen each podium for the first time in the World Cup.

 "Three races, three victories, pretty much a 100% success rate in Cortina - that was a fantastic weekend. These are the kind of results can be achieved when everything works out and the athletes have confidence. The way things are going in the women's team is sensational. Unfortunately, there was also Corinne Suter's serious injury. I wish her a swift recovery, and I am sure that she will regain her former strength. Unfortunately, there was also Corinne Suter's serious injury. I wish her a swift recovery, and I am sure that she will regain her former strength," says HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber. "Ragnhild Mowinckel has fought for her first Downhill victory for a long time. Stephanie Venier's progress is fantastic. Since she came to us, she has gotten better and better. It's amazing how she skis now. Guglielmo Bosca looked like he was going to win in Val Gardena, and Franjo von Allmen has been performing superbly all season. In Kitzbühel he was well on the way to his first podium. Hats off to him for bagging the win a week later. It's a real pleasure to see a young athlete performing at this level."


"The skis gave me a real boost"

Stephanie Venier celebrated her second World Cup victory in the Downhill on Friday, having waited almost exactly five years. The Austrian athlete's first win was in 2019 in the Downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 30-year-old was by far the fastest on the lower section of the run. "I had a good feeling while I was skiing, but I didn't expect it to be enough for first place at the finish. My service man put me on some awesome kit. The skis gave me a real boost: I let them run, keeping the line high so I could take plenty of momentum with me. And I managed that very well," said a delighted Stephanie Venier at the finish.


First Downhill podium this season for Lara Gut-Behrami

Lara Gut-Behrami finished in second place. This was the first podium in the Downhill for the Swiss athlete this season. Another three HEAD Worldcup Rebels were in the top ten with Laura Pirovano from Italy in sixth place, Kajsa Vickhoff Lie from Norway seventh, and Cornelia Hütter from Austria eighth. Laura Gauche from France was 14th, and Ragnhild Mowinckel from Norway finished in 15th place.


First Downhill victory for Ragnhild Mowinckel

Starting with bib number 20, Ragnhild Mowinckel won her first World Cup Downhill on Saturday; her fourth victory overall. Last year, the Norwegian athlete raced to the top of the podium in the Super-G in Cortina. Laura Gauche from France was fourth, Lara Gut-Behrami and Stephanie Venier fifth, Cornelia Hütter seventh, Kajsa Vickhoff Lie eighth, and Laura Pirovano finished in 14th place, making this a fantastic team result for the HEAD athletes.


Lara Gut-Behrami takes the red jersey in the Super-G

Lara Gut-Behrami reasserted her top form in the Super-G on Sunday with her 41st World Cup victory. It is her 21st win in the Super-G and her second in a row following her victory in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. This success also saw the Swiss athlete take the red jersey in this discipline with 320 points - ten points ahead of Cornelia Hütter. "After the many falls and interruptions to the race, it was difficult to keep a clear head on delivering a good performance. I lacked a bit of focus at the start. I wanted to ski on the safe side, not take any risks, ski well and ski smoothly. I concentrated on that," is how Lara Gut-Behrami analysed her race. Stephanie Venier is also on top form, finishing second to take to the podium in the Super-G following her victory in the Downhill. "It was an awesome weekend. I feel things are going extremely well, and it's great fun at the moment," explained the Austrian athlete. Ragnhild Mowinckel also did very well again in fourth place. Laura Gauche finished eleventh and Laura Pirovano twelfth.


"Seeing the green light was fantastic"

Guglielmo Bosca celebrated his first podium in the World Cup on Saturday in the Super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Previously, the Italian athlete's best result so far was a fifth place in the Super-G in Wengen in January 2024. "I just missed the podium recently. Seeing the green light at the finish was fantastic. I skied very well and I am very pleased. My wish for a podium has finally come true," said the 30-year-old.


Vincent Kriechmayr just misses the podium

Fifth place went to Vincent Kriechmayr. The Austrian athlete just missed the podium by seven hundredths of a second. In ninth place with bib number 44 was Franjo von Allmen from Switzerland, who equalled his best result to date which was in the Super-G in Val Gardena in December 2023. Ryan Cochran-Siegle from the USA finished tenth, and Justin Murisier from Switzerland was 14th.


First World Cup podium for Franjo von Allmen

On Sunday, one day after finishing ninth in the Super-G, Franjo von Allmen made his breakthrough to join the best skiers in the world, and in his first World Cup season. The 22-year-old notched up his first podium finish in the World Cup in third place. "I am so happy and it hasn't really sunk in yet. But I'm not going to get carried away. I want to enjoy the moment and just have fun," said Franjo von Allmen. Vincent Kriechmayr and James Crawford from Canada finished in fourth and fifth place. Austrian athlete Stefan Babinsky finished the Super-G in eighth place, Ryan Cochran-Siegle was tenth and Justin Murisier finished in 13th place.