Maria Riesch sticks to HEAD

April 20th, 2010

The exceptional German ski racer Maria Riesch is to remain on the HEAD Racing Team. The 25-year old athlete renewed her supplier contract for another four years until after the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi in Russia. Riesch will thus remain a member of what is by far the strongest women’s racing team in the Alpine World Cup. Her fellow team-members are, among others, Lindsey Vonn, Anja Pärson and Elisabeth Görgl who all opt for HEAD skis.

The past winter was a great success for the racer from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The German athlete raced to the World Cup winner’s rostrum fourteen times and made it three times to the top. She was the best athlete of the season in slalom where she claimed the small crystal globe again. Only one person kept her from winning the Overall World Cup, her team colleague Lindsey Vonn. At the Olympic Winter Games, the current World Champion in slalom adorned herself with two gold medals which made her the most successful Alpine skier of the Games.

"Of course I want to win the Overall World Cup. My competition with Lindsey Vonn is a huge spur and driving force”, says Maria Riesch. Rainer Salzgeber, director or the HEAD Race Department, can now include Riesch in his long-term planning. “I think that Maria realised that the consistency in our work pays off for her”, says Salzgeber. “We were there for her when she was injured – and even though we engaged in negotiations, she did not actually consider another equipment supplier.” HEAD CEO Johan Eliasch is also pleased about the contract renewal: "Maria is an outstanding skier and the perfect ambassador for our brand – including in terms of her character, and especially with a view to the upcoming World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.”