-The season has only been over for around a month now and there has already been a number of athletes who have switched ski companies. Here’s a list of who has switched and why I think they did.
Julia Mancuso: Volkl (lange boots) to HEAD. I think the main reason Julia switched is because most of the top Women, especially in speed, are on HEAD. Money was probably a big factor to.
Romed Baumann: Solomon to Blizzard. This is a weird switch considering Baumann is a Speed/GS skier and Blizzard only has slalom skiers on the world cup. The main reason I think he left Solomon is because he was 3rd in line on the team after Feuz and Kroell. On Blizzard he will have tons of service, pretty much his own speed team.
Beat Feuz: Solomon to HEAD. Not surprising, being 2nd in line in service for DH skis at Solomon after Kroell, and Cuche retiring. He will take Cuche’s role as #1 for DH at HEAD, he will also most likely take Cuche’s service man (Chris Krause), who is extremely good at what he does. Also he probably got offered BIG money to switch.
Philip Schoerghofer: Atomic to Fischer. A bit surprising considering Atomic/Solomon (same company/skis) had the best GS team by far last year. I think Fischer has made a good 35 meter ski next year (with Grange switching to). Another reason I think he made the switch is because he wants to start racing SL’s on world cup next season, and he was on originally on Fischer before switching to Atomic.
J-B Grange: Rossignol to Fischer. After not having a good season what so ever in SL, he needed a switch to get things going again. Again, another reason I think he switched is because I think Fischer made a good 35 meter GS ski.
Reinfred Herbst: Blizzard to Fischer. After winning the SL title a few years back, Herbst has dropped off the map. He needs a change and he has chose to switch to another slalom company Fischer.
Other News: Sad news broke recently. Leki poles Owner and CEO Klaus Lenhart died in a plane crash. Condolances to his Wife and Children. RIP
Didier Cuche signs with the Kjus brand and becomes “Brand Ambassador” good luck to him and his new occupation. We will miss you Didier!