HEAD are delighted to announce that 28 year old Swiss all round Alpine ski racer has joined the brand on a one year contract for the 2011 – 2012 alpine ski racing season. Albrecht has taken the decision to use most successful brand of ski from the 2010 – 2011 season as he looks to recapture the form that he showed earlier in his illustrious career.
Albrecht is a proven race winner with four World Cup wins to his name (three in Giant Slalom and one in Super Combined) as well as the Gold in the World Championships in the Super Combined in 2007, that same year he won the silver in the Giant Slalom.
As one of the best racers in the world, what does Albrecht expect from working with HEAD? "HEAD should be there for me. I felt the atmosphere in the HEAD team is very special and good and everyone seems to feel good there. Further I want to be successful and of course being happy and satisfied.“
How much did the success of team mate Didier Cuche affect his decision to join the HEAD Speedoholics? “Of course this is something that I noticed, but I never talked to Didier about this. But of course I know that his success is also a big contribution to the HEAD team that help HEAD develop the best possible products and I’m sure that I will take advantage of working with him as long as he’s still skiing in the World Cup.“
In the last year Albrecht has proved that he has what it takes to race at the top level and in his first race back after his accident in Kitzbuehel scored World Cup points in the Giant Slalom at Beaver Creek in December 2010. More World Cup points were made in Adelboden and the man from the Valais in Switzerland is now eagerly looking forward to the new season as part of the race winning HEAD Speedoholics team.
What are Albrecht‘s goals and expectations for his future in the World Cup? “I have high goals and expectations. They’re as high that noone except me can believe they’re going to come true. My primary goal is to come back to where I was and I believe that the first step towards that goal is made by working with HEAD now. At the end of the day I just want to win races like any other racers wants!“
The new season will be a defining season for Albrecht according to Rainer Salzgeber, Racing Team Manager for HEAD: “It is a special situation we are facing here as Daniel was one of the great athletes before his crash in Kitzbuehel (in January 2009). I still believe he is one of the top racers in ski racing.” The one year deal will see Albrecht use the full HEAD package across the full range of disciplines. “We are very happy to find the best set up for him so that he can get back to where he was before. The upcoming season is a defining season for his career and we are very happy to be a part of this; we are looking forward to working with Daniel for many years to come as we believe he still has his best days to come,” continued Salzgeber.
Albrecht joins Didier Cuche (Downhill Crystal Globe winner in 2011) and Ted Ligety (Giant Slalom Crystal Globe winner) as well as World Cup race winners and podium winners Aksel Lund Svindal, Bode Miller, Werner Heel, Stephan Keppler and Kjetil Jansrud on the Men’s World Cup tour for 2011 – 2012 on HEAD skis and boots.