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Thomas Becker

Atomic, Head, Rossignol, Stöckli and Salomon in the race

Skis of the Stars: What Shiffrin, Lara Gut, Rebensburg, Lindsey Vonn, and Mancuso Take Off On

Mikaela Shiffrin sets off on Atomic skis, Stöckli has Viktoria Rebensburg, and Julia Mancuso under contract, while Lara Gut and Lindsey Vonn represent Head: The World Cup stars are highly coveted as poster children for ski manufacturers. ISPO.com shows which ski brands and models are ridden by the best female skiers in the world.

Viktoria Rebensburg (left), Eva-Maria Brem, and Lara Gut (right) present their ski manufacturers in the proper light on the podium.
Viktoria Rebensburg (left), Eva-Maria Brem, and Lara Gut (right) present their ski manufacturers in the proper light on the podium.

The fact that things with the world’s best female skiers is close to approaching the soccer transfer market can be easily explained with the example of Stöckli. The Swiss ski maker had signed Tina Maze years ago, and thus landed an absolute slam-dunk from a marketing perspective.

 

Tina Maze is a bitter loss for Stöckli

The Slovene, one of the most complete ski racers of her time, was one of the very few athletes to succeed in the feat of winning all five disciplines in one World Cup season. She was also a repeat Olympic champion and World Cup winner, gaining 26 World Cup wins and on the pedestal another few dozen times – with her Swiss skis in hand. In the 2012/2013 season, she reached 2,414 World Cup points: a record!

 

The one problem with such an athlete, from a sponsor perspective, is the fact that such a fine career has its limits. At age 33, Maze announced that she would be ending her career after the 2016/17 World Cup, and only wanted to contend in a farewell race in her hometown of Maribor. A bitter loss for Stöckli.

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Rebensburg “inheriting” technician from Maze

The Swiss were prepared, and have long since signed a replacement: Julia Mancuso and Viktoria Rebensburg have already been riding with Stöckli for a while now.

 

Rebensburg showed special improvement in the speed disciplines since the switch from Nordica to Stöckli. She has also “inherited” her service technician Andrea Vianello from Maze.

That may sound banal for ordinary mortals, but it has immense significance for racers. Just as Formula 1 stars can be heard in their cars and encourage improvements, Rebensburg & co. have a special feel for the snow that, in turn, the technician needs to convert into the right preparation of the skis.

 

Competition in own ski team

Even in major racing teams, like Head for example, that have several winning candidates in their portfolio at the same time, it can happen that one or two stars don’t feel supported enough and jealously switches over to the in-house competition.

The best example: the spectacular duel between Maria Höfl-Riesch and Lindsey Vonn, which dragged on for several years and didn’t always go that harmoniously. Even today, the women with Vonn, Anna Veith (formerly Fenninger), and Lara Gut have three potential overall World Cup winners, on their way with the skis from Kennelbach in Vorarlberg, Austria.

 

The biggest surprise before the new season has been Head's signing of Tina Weirather, who left Atomic despite her Super-G world cup title. 

And Tina Maze? She’s sticking with skiing as a coach and scout for Stöckli, as confirmed by Winter Sports Director Walter Reusser – relationships close to those in pro soccer.

An overview of the World Cup stars’ skis:

 

Slalom

Star skier Brand Model Price
Mikaela Shiffrin Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 GS Women €899
Veronika Velez-Zuzulová (fällt 2017/2018 aus) Salomon X-Race Lab 157 €899
Wendy Holdener Head Worldcup Rebels i.GS RD €1050
Frida Hansdotter Rossignol Hero FIS SL R21 WC €1050
Petra Vlhova Rossignol Hero FIS SL R21 WC €1050

 

Giant Slalom

Star skier Brand Model Price
Tessa Worley Rossignol Hero FIS GS R21 WC €1050
Mikaela Shiffrin Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 GS Women €899
Sofia Goggia Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 GS Women 899 Euro
Federica Brignone Rossignol Hero FIS GS R21 WC €1050
Lara Gut Head Worldcup Rebel i.GS €850

 

Super G

 

Star skier Brand Model Price
Tina Weirather Head
Worldcup Rebels i.SG  
€1120
Ilka Stuhec (fällt 2017/18 aus) Stöckli Laser SG €875
Lara Gut Head Worldcup Rebels i.SG €1120
Elena Curtoni Head Worldcup Rebels i.SG €1120
Sofia Goggia Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 SG €875

 

Downhill

Star skier Brand Model Price
Ilka Stuhec (fällt 2017/18 aus) Stöckli Laser DH €875
Sofia Goggia Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 DH €1130
Lara Gut Head Worldcup Rebels i.DH €1120
Lindsey Vonn Head Worldcup Rebels i.DH €1120
Tina Weirather Head Worldcup Rebels i.DH €1120

 

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