It was a thrilling two weeks of ski racing for HEAD’s World Cup Rebels in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado. With the exception of the men’s super-G, which had to be postponed for one day due to heavy snowfall, Colorado-blue skies and brilliant sunshine welcomed approximately 125,000 spectators to the official opening ceremony and 11 competitions on the Birds of Prey courses in Beaver Creek from February 2-15. Additionally, an estimated 100,000 visited the Medals Plaza in Vail for evening ceremonies and concerts. To conclude the Championships in seasonal fashion, snow started to fall again during the men’s slalom.
HEAD athletes took home an impressive 11 medals; 3 Gold, 3 Silver, and 5 Bronze – more hardware than any other ski company. Individually, Anna Fenninger (AUT) was one of the most successful female skiers of the Championships, winning gold medals in the super-G and giant slalom, and silver in the downhill. In an exciting men’s giant slalom, Ted Ligety (USA) pulled through in his second run to claim gold, and in doing so won his third consecutive World Championship giant slalom title. This makes Ligety the first male skier ever to win three GS world titles.