Cuche Takes Fifth Hahnenkamm Downhill

In final season, skier moves into record books

Jan 23, 2012
Outside Magazine

Didier Cuche won the infamous Hahnenkamm downhill on Saturday in Kitzbühel, Austria, two days after announcing plans to retire from skiing at the end of the World Cup season. Cuche, 37, has now won the Hahnenkamm, considered the toughest downhill course in skiing, a record five times. That is once more than Austrian legend Hanz Klammer, who won four titles in the 1970s and 1980s. Cuche is a four-time World Cup downhill champion and had won three Hahnenkamm downhills in the past four years. "I just announced two days ago that I am going to retire and I was fighting for that fifth victory and, finally, I made it," Cuche said. "It’s a dream." American Bode Miller, who was hoping for his first Hahnenkamm title, finished well back in 29th after recovering from a near crash close to the bottom of the course.

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