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Cuche takes opening DH at Lake Louise


There is a lot to be said for experience. And a lot more to be said for good fortune.

Didier Cuche, the ageless Swiss one, notched his 18th career World Cup win, his tenth in downhill and second at  Lake Louise Saturday (Nov. 26), making him the fourth winning-est Swiss man in Cup history. There is no questioning his pedigree. The man can flat out ski race and has seemingly gotten better with age, now enjoying his 37th year. But he, fourth finishing Romed Baumann of Austria and  a second place Swiss Beat Feuz all started consecutively (17th, 18th and 19th respectively) on a day when weather seemed, some thought, to play a bigger than usual role.

“Usually at Lake Louise you have to be lucky also with the weather and not only make a good run,” said Cuche.

The Lake Louise area has been showered with snow for the better part of a week and the course was soft. Wind had completely messed with the times from the final training session Friday and the top of the hill was socked in less than an hour before the start of the race. But the gods of all that is right smiled on Lake Louise. The clouds lifted, the wind diminished and the snow tapered off. At times the sun even shone through. Like for bibs 17 through 19.

“At the start we going ‘come on sun’,” said Marco Sullivan – in 24th the second best American on the day – “instead we got wind.”

And, since most of the U.S. team started in a pack just outside of the top 30 seed, they all got – more or less – the same thing.

“It was different for everybody,” said Sullivan. “Some got a little head wind, some got a little tail wind. And then, for Reichelt, the sun is out.”

Hannes Reichelt, the 45th starter, skied a brilliant run and take nothing from him for he executed flawlessly on a hill that punishes the slightest mistake. The Austrian interrupted interviews as he ran to a podium finish, and took over as the top Austrian finisher.

He, and the rest of the podium placing skiers, did not feel conditions played a very big role, if any.
“Conditions,” he said, “were stable.”

Bode Miller, an early racer in bib nine, fell behind early leaders, and then almost inexplicably, started making up time and took the early lead. He eventually got bumped back to finish the same place he started, in ninth. Sullivan got 24th and Travis Ganong 27th for points. Erik Fisher was just out of the points in 35th. Wiley Maple was 38th, Andrew Weibrecht 51st and Ryan Cochran-Siegle crashed out in his first World Cup start.

Canadian Jan Hudec posted the top host marks in 12th, while his teammate Erik Guay, the fastest in the final training run, had an amazingly bad time of it to finish in 44th. Robbie Dixon was 25th, Ben Thomsen 34th, Louis-Pierre Helie 46th, Kelby Halbert 52nd, Ryan Semple 59th, Conrad Pridy 59th and Dustin Cook 63rd.

Cuche photo by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Equipment
Men’s Downhill
Lake Louise, CAN
Nov. 26, 2011

skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Cuche, Head/Head/Head
2 Feuz, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Baumann, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Clarey, Head/Head/Head
6 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
8 Puchner, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Miller, Head/Head/Head
10 Streitberger, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Men’s World Cup downhill, Lake Louise, Canada, Nov. 26, 2011.
… It is the second race of the men’s 45 race 2011-12 World Cup schedule, the first of 11 scheduled downhills. … It is the 81st Cup race held at Lake Louise. … and the 49th downhill.

It is the 18th career World Cup win for Didier Cuche. … His tenth in downhill and second in DH at Lake Louise having also won the race in 2009.

It is the third career World Cup podium for Beat Feuz, the other two a win and a third coming back-to-back at Kvitfjell, both in DH, last season (March 11, 12).

It is the 13th career World Cup podium for Hannes Reichelt, his first in downhill. … He owns four Cup super G wins and one GS win.

It is the 147th career World Cup top 10 for Bode Miller. … his 48th in DH. … It is his sixth top 10 scored at Lake Louise, but just the second since 2004. … It is the 11th best of 28 career Cup scoring results. … It is his fifth best of nine results scored at Lake Louise. … Marco Sullivan matches his 42nd best career Cup result. … 29th best in DH. … it is his sixth best of seven Lake Louise results. … It is the 23rd best of 26 Cup scoring results for Robbie Dixon. … his sixth best of six results at Lake Louise. … It is the third best of six career World Cup scoring results for Travis Ganong. … his second best at Lake Louise.

After two races Austria leads the Nations Cup 376-286 over France. …Switzerland is third with 276pts and the U.S. fourth with 169. … Canada sits eighth with 37pts.

Place   Lake Louise (CAN)   Discipline   Downhill
Date   26.11.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0255   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Van Slyke Paul (USA)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:47.28  0.00
 2  19  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:47.34  0.74
 3  45  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:47.36  0.99
 4  18  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:47.63  4.34
 5  22  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:47.75  5.83
 6  30  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:47.91  7.81
 6  13  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:47.91  7.81
 8  26  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:47.96  8.43
 9  9  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:48.01  9.05
 10  3  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:48.06  9.67
 11  31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:48.26  12.15
 12  2  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:48.33  13.02
 13  29  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:48.36  13.39
 14  14  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:48.53  15.50
 15  4  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:48.59  16.24
 16  41  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:48.67  17.23
 17  59  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:48.69  17.48
 17  24  510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi  1977  SUI   1:48.69  17.48
 19  48  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:48.71  17.73
 20  28  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:48.73  17.98
 21  32  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:48.76  18.35
 22  7  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE   1:48.80  18.84
 23  20  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:48.84  19.34
 24  37  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:48.88  19.84
 25  43  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:48.90  20.08
 25  35  102961 DIXON Robbie  1985  CAN   1:48.90  20.08
 27  38  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:48.91  20.21
 28  10  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:48.92  20.33
 29  21  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:48.93  20.46
 30  1  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:48.96  20.83
 31  39  53837 KRAMER Manuel  1989  AUT   1:49.04  21.82
 32  33  201811 STECHERT Tobias  1985  GER   1:49.05  21.94
 33  8  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:49.08  22.32
 34  54  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:49.12  22.81
 35  34  534939 FISHER Erik  1985  USA   1:49.19  23.68
 35  6  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:49.19  23.68
 37  44  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT   1:49.26  24.55
 38  46  930024 MAPLE Wiley  1990  USA   1:49.27  24.67
 39  60  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI   1:49.35  25.66
 39  27  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:49.35  25.66
 41  11  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:49.38  26.03
 42  25  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   1:49.39  26.16
 43  12  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:49.41  26.41
 44  15  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:49.42  26.53
 45  56  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:49.48  27.27
 46  58  103090 HELIE Louis-Pierre  1986  CAN   1:49.52  27.77
 47  62  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:49.59  28.64
 48  16  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:49.69  29.88
 49  23  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:49.78  30.99
 50  42  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   1:49.81  31.37
 51  36  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:49.85  31.86
 52  55  103656 HALBERT Kelby  1990  CAN   1:49.88  32.23
 53  47  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA   1:50.02  33.97
 54  49  561087 MARKIC Gasper  1986  SLO   1:50.24  36.70
 54  5  500150 JAERBYN Patrik  1969  SWE   1:50.24  36.70
 56  52  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   1:50.25  36.82
 57  40  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:50.40  38.68
 58  65  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej  1986  SLO   1:50.49  39.80
 59  68  102403 SEMPLE Ryan  1982  CAN   1:50.51  40.04
 59  61  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:50.51  40.04
 61  50  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:50.69  42.28
 62  63  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   1:50.78  43.39
 63  51  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN   1:51.13  47.73
 64  69  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR   1:52.43  63.85
 65  66  220695 CRAWFORD Douglas  1987  GBR   1:52.85  69.05
 66  67  380298 SIROKI Tin  1987  CRO   1:53.60  78.35
Did not finish 1st run
   64  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA     
   57  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA     
   53  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   

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