Christian Deville at the 2011 Flachau night slalom. GEPA/Christian Walgram

Cristian Deville at the 2011 Flachau night slalom. GEPA/Christian Walgram

Blizzard and Tecnica have strengthened their World Cup athlete team with two recent top-class additions. The Italian slalom specialist Cristian Deville and Austrian speed skier Florian Scheiber will line up in the start gate this coming season using Blizzard skis from Mittersill and the Italian ski boot brand Tecnica. Additionally, Otmar Striedinger has extended his contract with both brands.

“Cristian immediately felt comfortable with the new material and will attack among the top players of the World Cup again this year,” said Berhard Knauss, racing director for Blizzard/Tecnica. At the age of 33, Deville wants to forge ahead with new strength and continue his success from 2011 and 2012, when he made it to the podium four times. His greatest success was winning the Kitzbuehel slalom in January 2012.  

Along with the new addition from Italy, Scheiber from Tyrolia is new in the team. The winner of the 2012 European Cup overall ranking and super G ranking focuses on the speed disciplines. He demonstrated his World Cup potential already with a top-1o result at the 2012 Beaver Creek downhill.

“We are very glad that we gained another fast racer for the team, so that we can advance our development also in the speed disciplines,“ Knauss remarked. 

The past season showed that young Austrian Otmar “Oti” Striedinger from Carinthia is on the right track. With his second place at the 2013 Beaver Creek super G, it was clear that he was a force to be reckoned with that season. Sixth place in Kitzbuehel and a strong fifth at the Sochi Olympic Games are results that speak for themselves.

“Oti has undergone a strong development and has the potential of being among the very front in the future. We are glad that we can continue working with him,“ said Knauss. Both sides hope for further successes in the World Cup with the extension of the contract.

Release courtesy of Blizzard/Tecnica

Article Tags: Alpine , Top Story
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