German ski maker Volkl announced today (May 8) that Austrian Olympic gold medalist Andrea Fischbacher and three more of the World Cup’s most promising up-and-coming racers have agreed to make the move to Volkl skis.
Fischbacher, who previously raced on Atomic skis, grabbed Olympic gold in the 2010 Vancouver super G and has also earned two World Cup victories and a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships.
“I did intensive tests while looking for the best equipment for my skiing style,” said Fischbacher. “When I tried the equipment from Volkl, it just clicked from the first moment I felt super fast on the snow. Everything about skiing Volkl makes a terrific impression: professional and yet like family. The best conditions to give my career yet another boost,”
“I’m very pleased that Andrea will be skiing with and for us,” said Volkl Racing Director Klaus Gattermann. “I’m certain that our equipment and support team will help her achieve personal best performances because she’s certain to be among the favorites for the 2013 World [Championships] in her own back yard in Schladming.”
Fischbacher wasn’t the only newcomer to the team announced by Gattermann. Fellow Austrians Eva-Maria Brem and Marc Dirgruber as well as Italian Francesca Marsaglia will also join the Volkl fold.
Brem has already earned five top-10 finishes in World Cup GS events. Like Fischbacher, Eva-Maria Brem is switching from Atomic to Volkl.
Marsaglia is counted among the great young hopes for the Italian ski federation. The 22-year-old from Rome has already achieved multiple top-20 finishes in her 46 World Cup starts. Francesca Marsaglia comes to Volkl from Rossignol.
Digruber is the 2011 Austrian national champion in the Super Combined. The 24-year old joins a Volkl men’s squad already packed with five of the best slalom skiers in the world in Cristian Deville, Jens Byggmark, Manfred Pranger, Stefano Gross and Wolfgang Horl. Marc Digruber switched from Salomon to Volkl.
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