A dream came true for Head-Tyrolia racer Didier Cuche at the alpine Ski World Championships: He stormed to the first Worlds medal of his career in giant slalom. In a time of 2:20.56 he ranked on position three.
It was a selectice course with a hard and icy ground which demanded a great deal of the athletes. Almost no skier went down the course flawlessly in the first run, only the risky ones were rewarded. Head-Tyrolia pilots Bode Miller and Didier Cuche made it to positions six and seven in the first run and so provided a good basis for the final run.
There Miller wasn´t that lucky. After a wild ride which is famous for the US-American he missed a better position because of a mistake short before he crossed the finish line. Didier Cuche gave a proof of his full potential in the final. It seemed as if he became more self confident the more meters he ran. Like on rails he went through the last gates and put up his arms in the finish to exult after he had seen the "one" shown on the chalkboard. He knew he had done well - and this time he would be rewarded for his performance. After Cuche has missed the places on the podium twice by a hair as fourth in super G and as sixth in the downhill he finally grasped the deserved medal in giant slalom.
For the Head-Tyrolia men Cuche´s bronze is already the second feeling of success at these World Championships after Patrick Staudacher had won the title in the first race, the super G. That´s also a great triumph for the new Raptor boot. With the help of this boot both Staudacher and Cuche could show a clear improvement of their performance this season.
On Saturday, February 17th the last men´s individual competition is on the agenda. Then it´s about gold, silver and bronze in the slalom.