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Maier gets some HEAD

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
http://www.head.com/corporate/news.php?id=516

No more Atomics for ze Herminator. Should be very interesting to see how he does this season, along with Bode, Didier Cuche and Marco Buchel. Head's either got a killer team of top shelf athletes, or they've got the best paid collection of soon to be retired ski stars in existence.
post #2 of 17
Nice.....farewell to Atomic podium domination. Now they just need Benny and it'll be a sweep.
post #3 of 17
You don't suppose that Maier heard that our very own Atomicman has gotten Head?
Maybe our Atomicman is MAIER????:
Think about it........has any one seen them both at the same place at the same time?
post #4 of 17
Well I think the reason is clear. Head Skis were clearly great skis for the speed disciplines. Didier Cuche really improved since he's on Head compared to the two to three years before. Others like Buchel and Grugger have shown that the DH/SG skis are top notch.

Add that to the hate for Atomic boots by Hermann and the possibility with Head for Lange boots (and that one of the main Lange developpers switched to Head) and the decision seems very logic.

According to Austrian newspapers (derstandard.at) Head didn't offer more money than Atomic - but who knows - that's just what Head is saying.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have no idea if it's true or not, but Skipress said that Atomic's press release stated that Maier left because they couldn't offer him as much as he felt he was worth. As I said, I have no idea if that's true, and even if it is, it doesn't necessarily mean Head offered him more.

You're quite right about Head's speed skis - they definitely found something that worked this past season - I think there were at least one or two times where the podium was all Head, and several times where there were anywhere from 4-6 in the top 10.

As a longtime rabid fan of Head skis, I love seeing some big names on them, especially when they're winning
post #6 of 17
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You're quite right about Head's speed skis - they definitely found something that worked this past season - I think there were at least one or two times where the podium was all Head, and several times where there were anywhere from 4-6 in the top 10.
Not only that, they really only had about six racers total with the skills to really compete. It was an unbelievable showing last year when looked at from that perspective.

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As a longtime rabid fan of Head skis, I love seeing some big names on them, especially when they're winning
Amen, brother.

Amen.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
You don't suppose that Maier heard that our very own Atomicman has gotten Head?
Maybe our Atomicman is MAIER????:
Think about it........has any one seen them both at the same place at the same time?
Trekchick, I think I love you! That is the nicest thing anyone has every said to or about me!!!!
post #8 of 17
Just waiting for the name change?

Atomicman is now going to be _________________ ?

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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Just waiting for the name change?

Atomicman is now going to be _________________ ?

:
I will take the high road here :

Max HEADroom?
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Just waiting for the name change?

Atomicman is now going to be _________________ ?

:
Ain't gonna happen!


Maybe Skihead! or Get-head!
post #11 of 17
AtomicHeadQuiver?
post #12 of 17
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AtomicHeadQuiver?
Or Make my Heads Quiver....
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ski Racing
“We regret Hermann’s decision for which financial reasons were the crucial factors at the end. Atomic has made him a highest possible offer to further compete on our brand and our products. … The winter sports industry faces a very difficult market environment which makes radical savings in all areas indispensable. For this reason, we could not meet Hermann’s financial perceptions.”

http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?o...419&Ite mid=2
post #14 of 17
Skiing at the WC level is similar to the Pro Tennis curcuit. Rocca will have painted over Atomics (at least for the first season of his contract) with Salomon graphics similar to painted or decaled tennis raquets of the tennis pros. Hermann will most likely do the same for his GS quiver...at least for season one on Head.

Winning is EVERYTHING at their level.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by MammothMtnDreamerInJapan View Post
Skiing at the WC level is similar to the Pro Tennis curcuit. Rocca will have painted over Atomics (at least for the first season of his contract) with Salomon graphics similar to painted or decaled tennis raquets of the tennis pros. Hermann will most likely do the same for his GS quiver...at least for season one on Head.

Winning is EVERYTHING at their level.
Since Head makes superior skis, I highly doubt that.
post #16 of 17
I know from some worldcup skiers that for the skis decals are not used any more since long ago. Some more reasons than the ones you might have thought about:
1. You can't stay with your old skis - they don't belong to you but to the producer.
2. If you ski Atomic you may have Salomon decals or other in-house decals though I higly doubt that.
3. Consumer Race Stock will very likely not offer the same quality as worldcup stock offered to the very best.

Boots, especially liners are a different topic.
If you look at the snowboard world decals are about everything as most of the big producers simply lack the skills to produce anything near competition quality for racing or BX. Also for Freestyle and Freeriding decals exist. You don't even have to let your team make the decal. The "race stock" producers will design it with your sponsor's design directly in factory.
post #17 of 17
Bode was here the other day, training with his new skis, only three technicians along so I am guessing that they were testing new skis and boots too.

I agree with extremecarver about racing on previous skis, they do not belong to the athlete and wathcing the teams train here the athletes really only have access to them when they are getting clipped into the bindings. The techs are fiercely protective of their skis and I read somewhere that for the top skiers the techs are provided by and paid for by the factory. I am guessing as soon as a skier changes 'brands' he is definitetly not welcome in his old headquarters/ race shop anymore.

At the best Herman may have a pair of LT11 'podium display' skis in his cupboard, cannot really see him handing them to his Head tech and asking for a decal job and 'good wax job'.

The Norwegians are here at the moment so I will spend some time over the next few mornings watching them blast down Mainstreet. Women's teams turn up next week apparently.

If I could get the photo function to work I would post some.
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