Didier Cuche turned in a career performance in a career already full of hall of fame runs. Switzerland’s Cuche won the scary Hahnenkamm downhill for the fourth time, tying Franz Klammer’s record.
For a long time Saturday, it appeared that Bode Miller would finally get his first win on the famed Streif. Miller put in the best run he’s ever had here. It took one of the greatest performances in Hahnenkamm history to knock Miller off the top of the podium. Cuche’s run drew both praise and applause from Miller. It was truly a run for the ages by the 36-year-old Cuche. He successfully skied the razor’s edge, avoiding disaster just before the Zielschuss, nearly hip checking the bullet-proof snow on an incredibly daring turn.
Miller was great on Saturday, but Cuche was the greatest. Perhaps ever. Over the Mausefalle, Cuche pulled into his tuck while in the air! The incredible fear factor present in this race was stared down by Didier Cuche in the most macho of ski ways.
If Cuche retires at year’s end, as most believe he will, he can walk away with his health (he’s never fallen at Kitzbuhel) and a performance that will go down as one of the Hahnenkamm’s best.