Didier Cuche

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Didier Cuche
Didier Cuche Hinterstoder 2011.jpg
Cuche in February 2011
Personal information
Full name Didier Cuche
Born (1974-08-16) 16 August 1974 (age 39)
Le Pâquier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Professional information
Club Chasseral Dombresson
Skis Head
World Cup
Seasons 1993–2012
Wins 22
Additional podiums 45
Total podiums 67
Updated on 25 February 2012.

Didier Cuche (born 16 August 1974) is former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. Born in Le Pâquier, Neuchâtel, he competed in the downhill and super-G, along with the giant slalom. He won the World Cup downhill and super-G title for the 2011 season and has won three previous downhill titles in 2010, 2008 and 2007, along with a giant slalom title in 2009. Cuche has 21 World Cup race victories, along with 67 podiums (top three) and 181 top ten finishes.[1] He is also an Olympic silver medalist and has won a total of four World Championships medals (a gold, two silvers, and a bronze). He retired from competition following the 2012 season.

Career highlights[edit]

At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Cuche was the silver medalist in the super-G, where he had exactly the same time as Hans Knauss resulting in a rare sharing of the medal (no bronze medal was awarded).

Cuche switched from Atomic to Head skis following the 2006 season, joining Bode Miller and Hermann Maier.

During the 2007 season, Cuche was in top form, winning the downhill season title with a victory and four-second place finishes. In the Bormio downhill on 28 December 2006 he finished second, 0.01 seconds behind winner Michael Walchhofer, the smallest measurable amount in ski racing.

Cuche repeated as the World Cup downhill season champion in 2008 with 584 points, five ahead of overall champion Bode Miller. Cuche finished third overall and nearly won the super-G season title, finishing a single point behind champion Hannes Reichelt.[2]

At the 2009 World Championships in Val-d'Isère, France, Cuche won the super-G and was the silver medalist in the downhill.

A week after winning the super-G and downhill at Kitzbühel in 2010, Cuche broke his right thumb in the giant slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on 29 January, two weeks before the 2010 Winter Olympics.[3] The injury put Cuche's Olympic participation in doubt, and he was immediately flown to Switzerland. After successful thumb surgery, he was cleared to compete in the Olympics in Canada.[4] Cuche had a disappointing Olympics and did not win any medal; however, he regained the title of World Cup downhill champion for the 2010 season at the first post-Olympic race. Cuche won the downhill on the challenging Olympiabakken course at Kvitfjell, Norway, on 6 March for his fifth World Cup victory of the season. Until 2010, Cuche had never won more than two World Cup events in a single season.

On 22 January 2011, Cuche became the oldest race winner in the history of the World Cup, winning the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel at the age of 36 years, 159 days.[5] It was also his fourth downhill victory in Kitzbühel, which tied him with Franz Klammer for the record on the Hahnenkamm, which is generally considered the most difficult and dangerous of all downhill courses. He has since added a fifth victory in Kitzbühel to his tally, thus becoming the sole record holder;[6] Klammer was there to congratulate him at the finish.

At the 2011 World Championships in February, he won the silver medal in the downhill. In March he won the World Cup downhill championship for the 2011 season. This marked the fourth time he captured the season title (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007), a record only surpassed by Franz Klammer who won the title five times. He ended the 2011 World Cup season in first place ranking in downhill and super-G, finishing second in the overall rankings to Ivica Kostelić.

Cuche in 2010

After considerable speculation as to whether Cuche might instead retire, he opened the 2012 World Cup season by winning the downhill race at Lake Louise, Canada,[7] further extending the age record he had last broken at 36 years, 209 days in a super-G at Kvitfjell in March 2011. That record was extended yet again at Kitzbühel in January 2012 to 37 years, 158 days.

On 19 January 2012 Cuche announced his retirement for the end of the 2012 season.[8] He gave his retirement speech in Kitzbühel during which he stated that he wanted to "leave the World Cup stage on a high".[9] Only two days later, Cuche won the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel for the fifth time in his career, including his very first World Cup win in 1998.[6] The following week, Cuche won the downhill at Garmisch, Germany, for his twentieth World Cup victory. Finally he extended the record for the oldest winner of a World Cup race with his 21st and last career victory in the super-G of Crans Montana on 24 February 2012 to 37 years, 192 days.[10]

Other awards[edit]

Cuche won the Swiss Sports Personality of the Year in 2009 and 2011. In January 2012 during the "Swiss Awards" he won the Swiss Person of the Year award in 2011.

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
1996 21 92 47 40
1997 22
1998 23 8 6 4 11
1999 24 15 30 13 13 4
2000 25 12 12 9 11 17
2001 26 10 20 6 13
2002 27 3 4 2 14
2003 28 5 20 3 9
2004 29 13 24 10 9 10
2005 30 17 11 27 21
2006 31 34 24 28 18
2007 32 3 7 2 1 34
2008 33 3 4 2 1 23
2009 34 3 1 7 7 30
2010 35 3 9 8 1 27
2011 36 2 9 1 1
2012 37 6 30 2 3

Season titles[edit]

6 season titles: 4 downhill, 1 super-G, 1 giant slalom

Season Discipline
2007 Downhill
2008 Downhill
2009 Giant slalom
2010 Downhill
2011 Downhill
Super-G

Individual races[edit]

Season Date Location Discipline
1998 23 Jan 1998 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
2002 5 Jan 2002 Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
7 Mar 2002 Altenmarkt, Austria Super-G
2003 8 Dec 2002 Beaver Creek, USA Super-G
2004 30 Jan 2004 Garmisch, Germany Downhill
2007 10 Mar 2007 Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill
2008 14 Dec 2007 Val Gardena, Italy Super-G
19 Jan 2008 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
2009
21 Feb 2009 Sestriere, Italy Giant slalom
2010 25 Oct 2009 Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
28 Nov 2009 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
22 Jan 2010 Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G
23 Jan 2010 Downhill
6 Mar 2010 Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill
2011 22 Jan 2011 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
29 Jan 2011 Chamonix, France Downhill
13 Mar 2011 Kvitfjell, Norway Super-G
2012 26 Nov 2011 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
21 Jan 2012 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
28 Jan 2012 Garmisch, Germany Downhill
24 Feb 2012 Crans-Montana, Switzerland Super-G

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ski-db.com – results – Didier Cuche – accessed 17 March 2011.
  2. ^ afp.google.com
  3. ^ sportsillustrated.cnn.com – 29 January 2010.
  4. ^ abcnews.go.com – 9710341
  5. ^ "Triumphant Didier Cuche sets age mark". ESPN.com (ESPN). Associated Press. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Didier Cuche wins record fifth Hahnenkamm World Cup". BBC Sport. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Didier Cuche wins at Lake Louise". ESPN.com (ESPN). Associated Press. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cuche to quit". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  9. ^ McMillan, Kelley (19 January 2012). "Swiss Downhill Star Cuche Announces Retirement". New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "FIS results for Didier Cuche (top 3 results only)". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fabian Cancellara
Simon Ammann
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
2009
2011
Succeeded by
Simon Ammann
Roger Federer