He was toying with the idea of ending his career before the last season. Today he is the reigning world champion in Slalom and has extended the contract with his ski company Fischer for another year.
Vincent Kriechmayr and his ski sponsor Fischer Sports will remain a team for the next three years. "The contract has been signed and we are delighted about the continued partnership. We were convinced from the beginning that Vince has great potential and this is also what he has shown us this year," says racing manager Siegfried Voglreiter.
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The 2014l15 Alpine World Cup season came to an end on Sunday with victories for Anna Fenninger and Marcel Hirscher in the concluding races at the finals in Méribel in France. Second and third places in the men's Slalom went to Fischer: Giuliano Razzoli (ITA) came second ahead of Aleksandr Khoroshilov (RUS). As a result there were three victories and 19 podium finishes for the Fischer Race Family to celebrate in 69 races in total.
The team event title was scooped by the Swiss at the Alpine World Cup Finals in Méribel on Friday. The successful quartet (featuring Wendy Holdener, Reto Schmidiger and Justin Murisier) also had young Fischer racer Charlotte Chable on board. The 20-year-old demonstrated her fighting spirit on the short parallel course and contributed to the team result by winning races against Chiara Costazza (ITA) and Maren Wiesler (GER). In what was a close final, Sweden (with Fischer athlete Anton Lahdenperä) was pushed into second place based on the aggregate times after it was 2:2 in the head-to-head races.
World Champions Austria had to settle for third place in the competition which had seven participating nations. Eva-Maria Brem, Carmen Thalmann and the two Fischer racers Christoph Nösig and Philipp Schörghofer were beaten in the semi-finals by the Swedish team due to the time ruling but went on to win 3:1 against Italy in the races for third place. Nösig and Schörghofer – both also members of the successful WSC team in Beaver Creek – each won one and lost one race.
The Fischer Race Family delivered an extremely strong and compact performance in the Slalom race on Sunday in Kranjska Gora. Giuliano Razzoli (ITA) – Olympic winner of 2010 – was beaten only by Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR). Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS) came fifth, Julien Lizeroux (FRA) finished in a good twelfth place.
Boot makers, technicians, developers, inventors, craftsmen, tinkerers, mechanics, spare parts specialists, support guys or "just" boot service men in the Alpine Ski World Cup after all? All these expressions can be used to describe the job of Reinhold Gappmaier and Hannes Reiter. Perfectly fitting boots are crucial for athletes and the optimum setup can often mean victory or defeat when exciting races are won or lost by mere hundredths of a second. But what do our boot service men do exactly and why are there only two of them for so many athletes?
Aleksandr Khoroshilov will be going into races with equipment from Fischer also in the next two years. The contract has just been signed. As the only Russian and as a long-standing member of the Fischer Race Family he finally managed to establish himself at world-class level in the 14I15 season.
There were three victories and 19 podium finishes for the Fischer Race Family to celebrate in 69 races in total in the Alpine Ski World Cup. On top of these there were three gold medals at the World Ski Championships in Kreischberg and in Vail for Limbacher (AUT), Smaine (USA) and Grange (FRA) plus a silver medal for Hosp (AUT) and one bronze for Strachova (CZE) in Vail. "With the 13l14 season having been pretty so-so for us we worked hard last summer on sorting out deficits. This has paid off and is now bearing fruit. We are very satisfied with this season," says Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter.
Giant Slalom specialist Thomas Fanara delivered another strong performance as the season draws to a close with the Alpine World Cup Finals in Méribel. The French racer and member of the Fischer Race Family finished in third place, behind Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen and German Fritz Dopfer, as the crowds cheered him on in the last Giant Slalom of the season in Upper Savoy. The almost 34-year-old athlete beat World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher into fourth place.
You can rely on Nicole Hosp! The Tyrolean athlete and Fischer Race Family member finished third in the Downhill in the season finals in Méribel to secure her very first World Cup podium finish in the most prestigious of the Alpine disciplines. Hosp now ranks among only the very few skiers who have managed podium places in all five disciplines. It was once again Lindsey Vonn who celebrated victory in the Downhill, ahead of Elisabeth Görgl (+0.24) and Hosp (+0.30). This is the seventh Downhill World Cup title for the US racer who also equalled the record held by the legendary Annemarie Moser-Pröll at the same time.
The Fischer Race Family celebrated two third places in the Alpine Ski World Cup. While Thomas Fanara (FRA) made it to the podium in the Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora, it was Czech racer Sarka Strachova who clinched the same result in the Slalom in Åre. This was also the place where she became world champion in 2007.
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