In Kvitfjell, Norway, the Swiss ski racer saw redemption. Didier Cuche, widely recognized as one of the premier ski racers in the world, claimed the World Cup downhill title on Saturday, March 6th. This is his third title in the last four seasons.
After giving lackluster performances in the Olympics, Cuche was looking to prove that he is still indeed the man. He was able to edge out Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, an Olympic star, for the win. At 35 years old, Cuche is still at the top of his game. Coming in third was last season’s winner of this race, Klaus Kroell.
Although nervous at first, Cuche was able to settle his nerves and produce a faster run than any of his training runs by a full second (1:45.98). “About 30 minutes before the start I calmed down,” he said. “I found a really tight line down the course.”
The United States only got one total point in today’s race from Steven Nyman, coming in at 30th. Travis Ganong finished 40th, and Andrew Weibrecht, Olympic bronze medalist, crashed near the top.