Gear Guide: Rossignol squad grows for next season

Rossignol Group has announced that the young Slovenian Stefan Hadalin has signed with the Band of Heroes for two years while Slovakian slalom star Petra Vlhova is extending her contract for two years and Swiss brother and sister duo Loic and Melanie Meillard extended their contract for three years.

Stefan Hadalin may not be a name you recognize, but everyone will soon be talking about the remarkably versatile Slovenian. The 22 year old competes in three disciplines, slalom, giant slalom and alpine combined, and has already impressed fans in his first World Championships with a 10th-place finish in the slalom in St. Moritz.

As one of our Band of Heroes up to 2019, Hadalin will be equipped with Rossignol skis and boots and Look bindings.

Image Credit: GEPA / Mario Kneisl

At only 21 years of age, Petra Vlhova already has six podium finishes in World Cup slalom races to her name. The Slovak ended the season with a flourish, beating local girl Mikaela Shiffrin in the Finals at Aspen. It was just a glimpse of just how far her fighting spirit is going to take her in slalom and giant slalom.

Vlhova will represent Rossignol (skis/boots/helmet/goggles) and Look (bindings) over the next two seasons, which includes the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the 2019 Are World Championships.

Her first full World Cup season left no one in doubt of Melanie Meillard’s talent. With five top 10 finishes on the World Cup including an outstanding fifth place in the World Cup Finals slalom and 13th in the giant slalom at the World Championships in St. Moritz.

At only 18 years of age, the young Swiss skier is racing through the ranks. Definitely one to watch next year!

Like his sister, Loic Meillard has extended his partnership with Rossignol until 2020. Despite a mid-season injury, he regained his form in time for the Junior World Championships in Are, winning silver in both giant slalom and alpine combined. The Swiss skier will be in the line up for the giant slalom on next year’s World Cup tour, hoping to build on his success.

Release courtesy of Rossignol

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