Cuche claims Super G with race being cancelled
Didier Cuche had done the hard work through the long winter. Heading to Lenzerheide for the World Cup Finals he was in the front seat and leading the season long standings. After the win in the final regular season race, Cuche was back to his affable self and looking forward to sealing a second Globe in the season having won the Downhill Globe the day before. Then came the one thing he had no control over: The weather. Speed races require a certain degree of support from the weather and soft snow is definitely not one of these! Cancelled, Abgesagt, Annullee is the same no matter what language it is – it means no race and it meant that Didier Cuche had the Super G Globe secured without even having to ski.
Yep perhaps for HEAD fans the best news was not the winning of the Globe but the fact that Didier has decided to carry on racing for another year. Already the oldest man to win a World Cup race and the second most successful in the Downhill World Cup with four Globes (just behind Franz Klammer who has five), this was the first time that he had won the Super G Globe. But what was the main reason for his decision to carry on racing? Asked in an interview with FIS, Cuche gave this reply to who had influenced his decision to carry on: “I am still very passionate about skiing and this is the world where I feel at home. I am still healthy and going strong. Over the last few years, I had consistently good results so the decision was my own.”
Coming into the race six men had a shot at winning the title but with Cuche having placed no worse than 19th all season, he would have had to finish out of the fifteen point scoring positions or not finish for this to happen.
With the Men’s race cancelled, so too was the women’s. While Lindsey Vonn had already wrapped up the Globe, it had an impact on the race for the Overall Globe. Vonn still leads but she would have been hoping to score more points in the quest for another Globe from the season! “Naturally I am disappointed,” Vonn said. “In World Cup every point counts and super G is my best event.”