Surprise Winners and Recordholders
The Olympic games took center stage on the race calendar, but the Fischer Team was already celebrating their first successes before the new year. The brilliant win by American Bryce Bennett in the Downhill at Gröden, Italy came as quite a surprise, especially for Bennett himself. He let out a celebratory cheer that swept up the whole team and really set the mood.
A special highlight was the phenomenal victory of Great Britain’s Dave Ryding in the Slalom at Kitzbühel, Austria. The 35-year-old, earning his first “Gams” (chamois) trophy, became the oldest Slalom winner in World Cup history, as well as being the first Brit to ever win an alpine race. “These stats mean so much as I truly believe in persistence, hard work and dedication to achieve your goals and it paid off, not just for me, but everyone who made that possible!”, wrote Ryding recently on his Instagram profile regarding his résumé over the last few months. As the season went on, he confirmed his top form with two more podium spots.