Eight out of nine podiums for the HEAD Worldcup Rebels in Kvitfjell
The HEAD women's team swept away almost everything in Kvitfjell this weekend: In the Super-G on Friday, HEAD celebrated a triple victory with Cornelia Hütter, Elena Curtoni and Lara Gut-Behrami. Kajsa Vickhoff Lie's first World Cup victory followed on Saturday in the Downhill, where she also made Norwegian skiing history. Corinne Suter finished in third place. And on Sunday, HEAD again took all three podium places in the second Super-G with Nina Ortlieb, Stephanie Venier and Franziska Gritsch. In the men's Downhill on Saturday in Aspen, James Crawford raced to the podium in second place.
"In Kvitfjell we almost took the maximum that was possible. I don't remember us bagging eight out of nine podiums in one location before," emphasises HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber. "And Kajsa Vickhoff Lie's victory was really cool. Especially considering her story, how she fought her way back following her injury, having to take a whole season off in the process. And that she is now the first Norwegian female athlete to win a Downhill event is really great. The triple victory on Sunday was also awesome with all three athletes from one country with the same brand of skis. James Crawford had a brilliant race on Saturday. The extreme conditions made it a very difficult race. Shame he made a mistake on Sunday, because he was on his way to a very fast time."
First podium this season for Cornelia Hütter
The three-day World Cup weekend in Kvitfjell began on Friday with a triple triumph for the HEAD athletes in the first Super-G. Cornelia Hütter from Austria won just one hundredth of a second ahead of Elena Curtoni from Italy. Another eleven hundredths of a second later and Lara Gut-Behrami from Switzerland finished in third place. For Cornelia Hütter it was her fourth World Cup victory - the third in the Super-G and the first this season. The 30-year-old's most recent win in the Super-G was in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in January 2022.
Kajsa Vickhoff Lie writes skiing history
The HEAD Worldcup Rebels continued their winning run in Kvitfjell in the Downhill event on Saturday. Kajsa Vickhoff Lie won her first World Cup victory and also wrote Norwegian skiing history. Kajsa Vickhoff Lie's victory was the first time a Norwegian athlete won a women's Downhill race. Corinne Suter from Switzerland also stood on the podium in third place.
All-Austrian, all-HEAD podium on Sunday
Another triple triumph for the HEAD Worldcup Rebels rounded off the World Cup weekend in Kvitfjell on Sunday. Nina Ortlieb, Stephanie Venier and Franziska Gritsch made it an all-Austrian podium in the second Super-G. The improving conditions were also to the advantage of the HEAD women's team. The Super-G rankings are now led by four HEAD athletes ahead of the last race at the season finale: Elena Curtoni is in first place with 332 points ahead of Lara Gut-Behrami (313), Cornelia Hütter (307) and Ragnhild Mowinckel (306).
James Crawford finishes second in the Downhill in Aspen
In the men's Downhill in Aspen on Saturday, James Crawford from Canada finished second to claim his fourth World Cup podium. The first Downhill event in Aspen on Friday had to be interrupted and then cancelled due to the poor weather conditions. Stefan Babinsky from Austria finished fourth in the Super-G on Sunday, missing his first World Cup podium by just 13 hundredths of a second.