Super G cancelled: Cuche wins second title in as many days

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 17, 2011 6:47 am

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals jury made an early decision Thursday to cancel the final men’s super G of the season handing the title to Swiss superstar and HEAD athlete Didier Cuche, who locked the downhill title a day earlier. Overnight rain battered the lower part of the Silvano Beltrametti slope, while heavy wet snow accumulated at the top resulting in impossible race conditions. Canceled World Cup finals races are not rescheduled.

World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was slated to start with bib one, but will spend the day preparing to defend his giant slalom title when racing resumes Friday. He currently holds a 77 point lead over Cyprien Richard of France.  “For me, losing this race isn’t all that impactful, but I feel bad for the other guys who had a shot at the super G title. As a competitor you never want to be handed a title. That being said, Didier [Cuche] is one of the best skiers on the World Cup and you saw that yesterday in the downhill. It’s a bummer we didn’t get to see him and the other guys battle it out today.”

“This is a really technical hill for everything and it will be for tomorrow’s GS too. Giant slalom takes more guts than a lot of other events. In order to go deep and arc fully into a turn when you’re going fast is not an easy thing to do.”

“I do a lot of video analysis and a lot of training in order to be fast. Over the years, I’ve looked at a lot of skiers. Right now Cyprien Richard is one of the guys with the most speed and Aksel [Lund Svindal] is good in all events and [Kjetil] Jansrud as well. [Philipp] Shoerghofer is one of the guys who is coming on pretty strong and [Marcel] Hirscher has shown he can be really fast when he’s healthy.”

Final World Cup Super G Standings

1. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 291
2. Georg Streitberger, Austria, 227
3. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 223

Current World Cup Overall Standings

1. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 1,356
2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 956
3. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 793

For complete standings

Men’s Giant Slalom
10 a.m. Local Time first run
12:30 a.m. Local Time second run