Fischer extends with Hosp, Razzoli, signs Brit Ryding
As one season comes to an end, the preparations of top Alpine athletes for the next winter season are never far away. And Fischer is also set to make sure that it will again be able to fight for the top spots in winter 13/14. Extending contracts with Giuliano Razzoli (ITA) and Nicole Hosp (AUT) are not something you can take for granted. Plus the company has an interesting new signing to report: Slalom Europa Cup winner David Ryding from Great Britain will be counting on equipment from Ried in his next races.
Italian blood for Fischer
Following his surprising change during the 12l13 season Giuliano Razzoli has now put pen to paper as well. The Italian took advantage of his visit to Fischer Sports in Ried im Innkreis to sign a two-year contract with his new equipment sponsor. Razzoli had already said he was ready for a change last year. When he came back from injury in winter he tried out Fischer skis for the first time in World Cup races, too – and went from strength to strength with good results. Now everything is official: the Olympic gold winner in Vancouver is now a member of the Fischer team.
Never change a winning team
Besides the big-name signing Fischer is also pleased that Nicole Hosp has decided to extend her partnership with her equipment sponsor. Having signed a contract until 2015 she will be racing over the next two years with skis, bindings and boots from the long-established Austrian company. With "never change a winning team" in mind, the Austrian wanted to make sure that everything was signed, sealed and delivered before the holiday period.
Top British Slalom talent
The following new signing is also an interesting one: Britain's David Ryding, who successfully secured a fixed place in the 13l14 World Cup through his victory in the Europa Cup Slalom rankings. Last season's high-flyer decided to change to Fischer after extensive ski tests. The 27-year-old has been on the circuit for a while. He celebrated his World Cup debut in Alta Badia back in 2009 and eleven more races in skiing's top league followed. Everything finally fell into place for him last season with Ryding making it to the podium four times to secure himself victory in the Europa Cup.