Cuche gets better with age – even the sun shone
Didier Cuche thought long and hard at the end of last season about retiring from the sport of ski racing, the feeling of Victory just gets better, even if he felt he had won “ugly”. The bad weather tried to stop his progress yet the HEAD Rebel used his vast experience to edge just in front of his countryman, Beat Feuz and late starter Hannes Reichelt to grab the tenth World Cup Downhill win of his career. A mere eight hundredths separated the three racers!
While one win does not make a season, this is the perfect way for the defending World Cup Downhill Champion to start the defence of his title. The season is long, eleven races, and with this in mind Cuche was not getting too carried away in the finish when asked how he felt this would affect his season. “I could not believe it when I came through the finish,” he explained before continuing “the race is run the way I wanted it!”
Afterwards in the press conference Cuche admitted “Hopefully they are not mad I am still here fighting for a victory or a good place. It was really strange; my training runs didn’t go so well. The first training run did not go so good, and in the second I lost 2 seconds, that’s why I had to laugh when I saw it was a green light for me today. I made a lot of changes to my ski and boot setting this morning, and I was hoping I would get the luck of some good weather, with no wind. In the end I had some stable weather and it was nice to ski.”
Johan Clarey almost matched his result from 2010 in placing 6th, his third best career result in World Cup Downhill. Bode Miller made it three HEAD Rebels in the top ten with ninth place. Kjetil Jansrud, sporting a “go faster” moustache, put in a career best Downhill result to take 11th place.
So after the heavy snowfalls for training, the weather Gods shone for the Oldest World Cup winner and he managed to get his run in during one of the few occasions that the sun broke through the clouds, many of the other racers had to contend with the wind. Career World Cup win number 18 for Cuche. The speed season has started.
Results from Lake Louise
1. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
2. Beat Feuz (SUI)
3. Hannes Reichelt (AUT)
6. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
9. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
11. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
14. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
22. Hans Olsson (SWE) HEAD
30. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD