At the men's downhill in Beaver Creek (USA), Head racer Johann Grugger took third place and made an impromptu trip to the podium. The Austrian was able to overcome the difficult conditions and just missed second place by only seven hundredths.
Grugger Defies Poor Conditions
The men's downhill in Beaver Creek faced a threat of cancellation. The race had to be interrupted multiple times because of fog, making the downhill a test of nerves as well. "It was difficult to believe that a race would still take place. It was also difficult with the constant starts and stops, of course," Grugger explained after the race. The Head athlete wore start number 25 and didn't let the adverse conditions get to him. He clocked a superb time. It was also thanks to his equipment that the 23-year-old overcame the difficult snow conditions: "I had super skis. I was able to avoid making any mistakes, which proved to be a decisive factor." In the end, the Austrian didn't just earn third place, but he also delivered the best European performance. All in all, it was his fifth trip to the podium in the downhill.
Staudacher and Riesch in Ninth Place
Two more Head racers created a sensation at the overseas races. Italy's Patrick Staudacher secured another top ten placement with his ninth place finish in the Super-G at Beaver Creek. Germany's Maria Riesch performed well at the women's second downhill in Lake Louise (CAN.) After missing last season due to a knee injury, the Head skier used her ninth place finish to prove that she is on her way back to the top of the world ranks.