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Rossignol breaks into Austrian World Cup scene

Rossignol breaks into Austrian World Cup scene{mosimage}Rossignol has announced a deal with Georg Streitberger, an up-and-coming alpine talent from Austria. The 23 year old’s agreement with the French company is significant because Rossignol is relatively new to the Austrian Ski Pool.

Rossignol has belonged to the Austrian Ski Pool since April of 2002, but the 2004-2005 season is the first when Rossignol will be able to sign athletes from the top echelon of Austria’s team: Group A.

Streitberger won the World Junior Championship GS two years ago, but more significantly, he won the 2004 Europa Cup super G title, which means a World Cup start position is reserved for him. It’s rare that even the most successful young Austrians get off the bench in that discipline.

Streitberger will be using Rossignol skis, boots and bindings, while his teammates in those World Cups will be mostly using Atomic and Head, mainstays of the Austrian Ski Pool.

Rossignol also announced that
Switzerland’s Didier Defago, 26, has signed a contract with Rossignol committing him to use their product for the next two years. He joins his teammate Bruno Kernen on Rossignol’s skis, boots and bindings.

Defago has 29 top-ten finishes, including 3 podiums in the World Cup (with one victory in Super G at Val Gardena 2002). He was 6th in the Snowbasin super G at the last Winter Olympic Games.

Rossignol also signed French skier Freddy Rech, who was fifth in the Kranjska Gora GS last season.

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