Cuche wins Kvitfjell Super-G

March 14, 2011 - 0:0

Swiss Didier Cuche concluded a bittersweet weekend by winning the World Cup Super-G race in Kvitfjell, Norway, and taking the lead in the Super-G season standings.

The 36-year-old Swiss did not feel like celebrating, however, saying he had considered quitting the sport after being ""treated like a child"" in an argument with a course official on Saturday.
""This was one of the most difficult weeks of my career,"" said Cuche, whose achievements include three World Cup downhill titles, four world championship medals and an Olympic silver medal.
""I couldn't sleep last night, there were a lot of tensions,"" added Cuche, who was fined £3,350 on Saturday over a dispute with a race director about a jump on the downhill course that he considered dangerous.
""I'm almost 40 and I feel I was treated like a child. It's nice to win and to take the lead but yesterday I was ready to end my career.""
Cuche, who lost the downhill standings lead to Austrian Michael Walchhofer after disappointing results on Friday and Saturday, mastered Sunday's course in one minute 33.05 seconds, 0.30 seconds ahead of in-form Austrian Klaus Kroell and 0.34 ahead of Joachim Puchner, also of Austria.
The win, Cuche's first in a Super-G this season, gave him the lead in the standings with one race remaining, next Thursday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
The new holder of the overall World Cup, Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, finished in seventh place, 0.58 seconds off the top, and now trails Cuche by 68 points in third place in the Super-G standings.
""I really wanted to finish on the podium to prove that I am a complete skier,"" said Kostelic, the first Croatian man to win the overall trophy thanks to his seven wins this season.
""I'm a bit angry against myself because I really had a chance to finish in the top three, which is extraordinary for me, but I made a big mistake towards the middle of the race.""
Austria's Georg Streitberger, who slipped to second place in the Super-G standings, has already ended his season after breaking his leg in January.
(Source: Reuters)