Didier Cuche wins again in Kitzbuehel, Bode Miller ninth

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 23, 2010 6:53 am

The 70th Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria went a lot like the Super G race on Friday: Swiss veteran Didier Cuche again claimed the win, and U.S. Ski Team athlete Marco Sullivan again claimed an unusual tie. This time, he notched the same time as teammate Erik Fisher, finishing 18th.

Bode Miller was the top American in ninth, 1.16 seconds behind Cuche. Slovene Andrej Sporn finished second with Italian Werner Heel claiming third. U.S. Team skiers Steven Nyman and Andrew Weibrecht both nabbed World Cup points, finishing 24th and 26th respectively.

Clearly, the Austrian World Cup classic belonged to Cuche, who nabbed his 13th career World Cup win, and his fourth at Kitzbuehel. “This is one of the most beautiful weekends for me,” Cuche told reporters. “It makes me proud.”

Tomorrow the technical men race the slalom in the last of their 2010 Olympic qualifying bids. U.S. Ski Team stars Tim Jitloff, Jimmy Cochran, Ted Ligety and Bode Miller will all be gunning for gold.