The Deutscher Skiverband [German Ski Federation] (DSV) is made up of 16 women and 13 men. They all rely on our innovative functional underwear. In the form of short profiles, we shall introduce five German athletes who will be among the frontrunners of the current world cup season:
Felix Neureuther specialises in the disciplines slalom and giant slalom. To date, the 34-year-old from Garmisch-Partenkirchen has won five medals at world championships: three in slalom and two in the team competition. He has a total of 13 world cup victories under his belt, eleven of which have been in slalom alone. He ranked fourth both times in the overall standings for the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons. His greatest Olympic successes have been an eighth-place finish in giant slalom in Vancouver in 2010, and eighth place in Sochi in 2014. After rupturing a ligament in October 2017, he was forced to pull out of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Thomas Dreßen is considered one of Germany’s greatest hopes when it comes to skiing – especially in his speciality discipline of downhill skiing. The 24-year-old laid one of the important foundations for success with his victory on the infamously difficult “Streif" course in Kitzbühel during the previous world cup season – the first time a German had won on the “Streif” since Sepp Ferstl in 1979. What’s more, Dreßen also achieved three additional podium places in the world cup – another one of which was in downhill skiing after his victory on the “Streif”. To date, no other German has achieved two victories in one season in downhill skiing. What’s more, he is only the third German to achieve more than one victory in the world cup in downhill skiing after Sepp Ferstl and Markus Wasmeier (who won two races each). His greatest success at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang was winning fifth place in downhill skiing.
Stefan Luitz competed in his first world cup race in January 2011. His strongest discipline is giant slalom. The 26-year-old from Oberallgäu has taken six podium positions at the world cup. Luitz achieved bronze in the team classification as a reserve racer at the 2013 World Ski Championships in Schladming. His start to the 2017/18 season was successful, achieving a third and second place finish in giant slalom, until he suffered a ruptured ligament in his left knee at Alta Badia. He dropped out for the rest of the season and for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Rebensburg and Geiger are the top favourites among the DSV women
Viktoria Rebensburg is currently the best German ski racer. The 29-year-old from Kreuth am Tegernsee is particularly successful when it comes to giant slalom. It was in this discipline that she became Olympic champion in 2010, won bronze in 2014 in Sochi and became vice world champion in 2015. What’s more, she came top of the giant slalom discipline standings for the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2017/18 seasons. Since her debut at the world cup in December 2006, Rebensburg has secured herself 16 world cup victories.
Christina Geiger specialises in the disciplines slalom and giant slalom. The 28-year-old made her debut on the world cup scene in December 2008 and, since then, has achieved a podium position in slalom and has placed among the top ten 20 times. What’s more, Geiger took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (14th place in slalom) and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as in the world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2011, in Schladming in 2013 and in St. Moritz in 2017 (9th place in the team competition).
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