The Kandahar World Cup Race Returns to Chamonix This February!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 16, 2011 6:17 pm

If you plan to visit the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley in February 2012, do not miss the the 18th edition of the Kandahar! A blue ribbon event of the alpine skiing world cup, this legendary race once again promises to be a showstopper, as some of the best skiers in the world compete for a spot on the podium.

The action kicks-off with event festivities and downhill training sessions on Wednesday, February 1st, Thursday, February 2nd, and Friday, February 3rd.  Saturday will see the start of competition with the downhill race at 12:00pm, while Sunday is reserved for the super combined event beginning at 11:00am.

Among those in the hunt for a gold will be Swiss skier, Didier Cuche, who ranked 1st in the general rankings on the 2011 world cup in downhill and won the 2011 Kandahar downhill race. A short distance from his home country and with the support of his Swiss fan club Didier has often won podiums in Chamonix. His victory in 2011, after the one in Kitzbuhel is one of the most memorable. “I was very proud last winter to win the downhill in Kitzbuhel and the one in Chamonix, both of which are very different. Each time I had a nearly perfect run.” 

Other athletes to watch include, winner of the super combined on the Verte des Houches, Croatian Ivica Kostelic, Alexis Pinturault, who finished 2nd in Solden (Austria) in the giant at the opening of the season, and Adrien Théaux, who placed 3rd in Beaver Creek (USA) in super-G on November 27th. Jean-Baptist Grange also hopes to win a good spot in the Kandahar. Reminiscing about his past victory, Verte des Houches commented, “I was happy to have succeeded in making my presence known last year in the super combined after having lost a lot of time on the downhill. Thanks to a total commitment in the slalom I managed to overcome my handicap and celebrate my seventh victory of the month!”

Expecting over 40,000 spectators, Chamonix is working hard to prepare the town for the 2012 Kandahar. This year, officials have communicated a renewed focus on hospitality, comfort, respecting the environment and traffic flow in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley with as few cars as possible. Accordingly, visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home, as plans call for ramped up public transportation accessing the event. Once there, the possibilities to watch the competition are vast: on skis, on foot, or comfortably sitting in the stands.

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