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Aksel Lund Svidnal to switch to Head

post #1 of 14
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Norwegian media are reporting Head will pay him 2 million eruo over two years, with more in bonuses. Atomic tried to counteroffer, but couldnt compete with what Head was offering. 
post #2 of 14
Makes sense, they lost Maier and will probably lose Bode this year or next.
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Originally Posted by WaStraightLine View Post

Makes sense, they lost Maier and will probably lose Bode this year or next.
 


Did I miss something? Was Bode back on Atomic this year?


 

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Just Speculation, but he will probably retire this summer or after next season.
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Did I miss something? Was Bode back on Atomic this year?


 

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Aksel has stated in the Norwegian press that Bode & Cuche are continuing with Head, which implies that Bode's up for another season. Apparently Carlo Janka is the only Atomic WC skier who has re-signed with them so far - I don't know how many of the contracts were up for renewal though.
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And Head is apparently going in as a Norwegian team sponsor, which I guess sweetened the deal for Aksel. Plus extremely good money, plus 2 servicemen, plus proven equipment in the speed disciplines (I get the impression he's had a hard time getting his Atomic skis dialed in over the last couple of seasons), and they also originally contacted him 2 years ago when he was out injured. This left Aksel with a very positive impression - they were willing to put their faith and money behind a badly injured skier struggling with self doubt as to whether he'd make it back to the top again.
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You've got to think that Paerson will retire, and Bode skis one more season tops. More proof that, in racing at least, the only two brands that count are Atomic and Head.
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Bode wrote on his Universal Sports blog that he has no idea what will happen next year.  He'll figure things out later in the year.  If his ankle is still giving him problems, or if he can't come to terms with the USST, he may decide to retire. 
http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=467288.html#in+rush+decide+about+next+season
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Aksel has stated in the Norwegian press that Bode & Cuche are continuing with Head, which implies that Bode's up for another season. Apparently Carlo Janka is the only Atomic WC skier who has re-signed with them so far - I don't know how many of the contracts were up for renewal though.
 

Edited by quant2325 - 4/16/10 at 10:43am
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I heard somewhere that Bode was actually trying to make the US Open for Tennis
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post #11 of 14
Kjetil Jansrud has followed Aksel from Atomic to the Head camp, and Truls Over Karlsen was already there. That just leaves Lars Elton Myhre (Rossi) among the established Norwegian WC men.
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Read Greg Needell's blog on the subject. I was going to post more, but he covers it all. The CEO, who is the majority owner is a HUGE WC ski fan, and he's basically spent a whole lot of his money to assemble this stable. What many don't understand is how small Head is compared to most of their compeititors, how relatively speaking ":low tech" the race factory is, etc. Sounds like handling this many racers may be a real issue for them. The skis are without question very, very good.....at least the very best pairs have been incredibly good. But money talks in this game, and the contracts to switch are generally more than they were to stay. Interesting as normally a ski company does this to try to sell more skis. Head doesn't even have a U.S. race director,etc. It's great for the skiers, and awesome for the owner who clearly wants"his' team. But I seriously think it has nothing to do with running a profitable and sustainable business. Just my opinion. Will be interesting to watch. Hope it works well for all of them.
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Had beers a couple of weeks ago with the Wintersports Product Manager, and he is really psyched up about the way Head is going both with their racing and production skis. Though he did not speak much about negotiations with the athletes, he did let on that they are looking to assemble the best racers (men and women) they can. They are really shooting to become what Atomic once was...

He also is looking to put alot more teaching pro's on their product (the reason for our meeting), and developing a stronger pro rep program throughout the US. Got to admit...I'm looking really hard at it... they are making some great sticks right now! But wow, after 31 years with my current supplier, its a tough decision...
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With all this shopping Head is doing lately, I'm wondering same thing as Needell in his blog. How the hell are they going to produce so many high quality skis... Personally I would say only good thing for them is, that skis in alpine skiing don't bring or take so much as they do in xc for example, so they are on a bit easier side. But still with all the top racers they got in last 3 or 4 years, I'm still wondering how they will accomplish delivering good (good by WC standards) products.
In all this, I see only one similarity with Atomic... amazing roaster. Shopping list in both cases is amazingly huge, and with majority of current top racers, but technology both companies have are totally different (Atomic is (still) company with 2nd or 3rd most sophisticated production line, while Head is probably company with most outdated one). And if Atomic, with all their technology, had problems delivering good stuff for their huge team, I really don't see any option for Head to do this with their production. I believe few top racers on their list will still do good, but everyone just a bit down the chain will be suffering a lot because of this.
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