The final races at the World Cup in Méribel officially concluded the season and decided who was going to win the World Cups and accordingly the crystal globes. The atmosphere was thrilling, the fights were intense – a passionate festival promoting alpine skiing in the best possible way. The Reusch athletes approached the finals from an ideal starting position, which they had gained with lots of victories during the season. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) came to Méribel as the Giant Slalom and Overall World Cup leader and still had the chance to win the Slalom World Cup as well. Once more he showed all his skills in not only taking the Giant Slalom crystal globe home but he also won the Slalom World Cup and the big crystal globe as Overall World Cup winner. Wow! With its fourth big crystal globe he is now already one of the best of all times and being only 26 years old his future is bright!
Whereas Hirscher dominated the men’s season, OESV lady Anna Fenninger (AUT) won the ladies’ Overall World Cup. It was a hard fight until the end with Tina Maze (SLO) trying to knock Fenninger off the top spot. But the 25-year-old Austrian didn’t care about all the pressure and not just won the big crystal globe as Overall winner but also crowned herself as Giant Slalom World Cup winner! Congratulations Anna, you’re on a good way to becoming a legend! Lindsey Vonn (USA) has already reached legend status with her unbelievable comeback and the world record of World Cup victories that she set this season. But the record was not enough for the Speed Queen – she also won the Downhill and Super-G World Cup, making it a total of 19 (!) crystal globes that Vonn has won throughout her career. Next to Fenninger and Vonn also the fourth ladies’ discipline World Cup is in Reusch’s hands: US-superstar Mikaela Shiffrin won the Slalom crystal globe for her third time in a row. Let’s not forget the age of Shiffrin: she is only 20 years old!
Reusch won both Overall World Cups and six out of eight possible Discipline World Cups. This is outstanding and one of the best results ever! Next to the World Cup the Reusch athletes as well succeeded in lots of important races during the season. With victories in Kitzbuehel, Wengen, Alta Badia, Val Gardena or Cortina, just to name some of the most important ones, Reusch raised the trophy in almost every classic World Cup venue.
And last but not least the World Ski Championships should be remembered as well! Ten out of eleven gold medals and a total of 21 out of 33 possible medals turned the Ski Championships of Vail/Beaver Creek 2015 into a big triumph for Reusch.
Next to the alpine disciplines, Reusch was successful in a lot of different other winter sports. Jean Frederic Chapuis from the French ski pool won the Skicross World Cup. Slovenia’s Zan Kosir was the outstanding snowboard athlete of the season and won the Overall World Cup as well as the Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup. Roland Fischnaller (ITA) was crowned World Champion at the Snowboard Parallel Slalom World Championships. Italy’s Patrick Pigneter won the Natural Track Luge World Cup and won gold at the World Championships. Anthony Benna from the French ski pool was crowned World Champion in Moguls, just like Andrea Limbacher (Austria - OESV) in Skicross and Elena Koenz (SUI) in Snowboard Big Air. Lots of disciplines with lots of successes!
The 2014/15 season is over and with all these outstanding results the athletes have really earned some relaxing holidays. But the next season is coming soon and Reusch is already working hard to produce the best possible gloves for all these champions, because they only deserve the best! Thanks to all the outstanding Reusch athletes who make results like this possible! A big “thank you” goes out also to the ski federations that trust in Reusch: Austria, France, Switzerland, USA, Slovenia and Liechtenstein.