All the speed events - both the Downhill competitions on Wednesday and the Super-G races on Thursday - had to be cancelled at the final of the World Cup in Lenzerheide due to the weather conditions. This means that in the speed disciplines, not only all four World Championship titles go to the HEAD World Cup Rebels, but also three of the four World Cup Crystal Globes: Beat Feuz (Downhill), Lara Gut-Behrami (Super-G) and Vincent Kriechmayr (Super-G).
"Four Gold medals and three Crystal Globes - it doesn't get any better than this season in the speed disciplines," said HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber. "Beat Feuz is incredibly consistent. I hope he continues to set the standard for the Crystal Globe next season. The fact that Vincent Kriechmayr is doing so well in his first season at HEAD is awesome. I would also like to thank everybody who has contributed to our success. Lara Gut-Behrami was by far the best in the Super-G this season. We will wait and see how everything develops in the overall World Cup. It's the final rating at the very end that counts. But it's still a great shame that the races in Lenzerheide had to be cancelled."
Fourth Downhill Crystal Globe in a row for Beat Feuz
Beat Feuz has won the Downhill World Cup for the fourth time in a row. With 486 points, the Swiss athlete ultimately had a 68-point lead over his HEAD team-mate Matthias Mayer. "Four times in a row - you can see from the statistics that it doesn't happen that often. That certainly makes it a bit more special," said a delighted Beat Feuz. Fourth and fifth place in the Downhill standings also went to the HEAD team with Johan Clarey from France (272 points) and Vincent Kriechmayr from Austria (267). Beat Feuz stood on top of the podium in both Kitzbühel Downhill races this season - they were his first victories in this discipline on the Hahnenkamm run and his eleventh and twelfth Downhill wins overall. The 34-year-old finished in the top-three in three of the season's seven Downhill events: second in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Saalbach-Hinterglemm and third in Val Gardena. Another real HEAD highlight this season was also the team's triple victory in the second Downhill race in Kitzbühel with Beat Feuz, Johan Clarey and Matthias Mayer finishing first, second and third.
Corinne Suter and Lara Gut-Behrami in second and third place overall in the Downhill discipline
In the women's competition, the two HEAD World Cup Rebels Corinne Suter and Lara Gut-Behrami were robbed of the chance to win the Crystal Globe in the Downhill on their home run in Lenzerheide due to the event being cancelled. This left the Swiss athletes in second and third place in the overall Downhill rankings. Lara Gut-Behrami won the two Downhill races in Val di Fassa and finished second in Crans Montana. Downhill World Champion Corinne Suter won the opening race in Val d'Isere, finished second twice (Val d'Isere and Val di Fassa) and was third once (Val di Fassa). Sixth place overall in the Downhill went to Laura Pirovano from Italy, and eighth place to her compatriot Elena Curtoni, who bagged a podium finish in third place in Crans Montana.
Two World Championship Gold medals and the Crystal Globe in Super-G for Vincent Kriechmayr
Vincent Kriechmayr celebrates the most successful season of his career. The Austrian athlete, who switched to HEAD just before the start of this season, has won his first Crystal Globe in the Super-G, following his two World Championship Gold medals in the Downhill and Super-G in Cortina. The 29-year-old was unbeatable in two Super-G races this season - in Kitzbühel and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He finished second in Bormio and third in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Matthias Mayer finished third overall in the Super-G with a second place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a third place in Kitzbühel. Seventh place went to Norway's Kjetil Jansrud.
Lara Gut-Behrami secured her third Crystal Globe in the Super-G in Val di Fassa
The women's Super-G World Cup was already decided by Lara Gut-Behrami before the final in Lenzerheide. With her second place in Val di Fassa, the 29-year-old already had her name on the Crystal Globe. The double World Champion in Cortina delivered an impressive series of wins in the Super-G four races in a row: she stood on top of the podium in St. Anton, Crans Montana and twice in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This is her third Crystal Globe in the Super-G after 2014 and 2016. Third place in the overall Super-G results went to Corinne Suter, who celebrated two podium finishes in the Super-G this season (second in Val d'Isere, third in Val di Fassa). Kajsa Vickhoff Lie from Norway and Marie-Michele Gagnon from Canada also had reason to celebrate. At the first Super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the HEAD team celebrated a brilliant triple victory with Lara Gut-Behrami, Kajsa Vickhoff Lie and Marie-Michele Gagnon finishing first, second and third. Kajsa Vickhoff Lie's World Cup podium finish was the first in her career. For Marie-Michele Gagnon it was her first podium finish in the Super-G and her first result in the top three since her success in the Combined event in Soldeu in February 2016. In the overall ranking in the Super-G, Kajsa Vickhoff Lie was seventh and Elena Curtoni was tenth.