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Cuche cleared to ski after surgery on broken thumb

Cuche cleared to ski after surgery on broken thumb

Olympic medal contender Didier Cuche is expected to ski again next week after a successful operation on his broken right thumb.
Cuche underwent surgery Saturday to insert a titanium plate and stabilize the damage from his crash Friday in a giant slalom race at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
The Swiss ski federation said Cuche would train next week using a special protective splint.
Cuche leads the World Cup downhill standings and was a likely favorite for the Vancouver Olympics race scheduled Feb. 13.
The 35-year-old racer aims to become the oldest Olympic champion in men's Alpine skiing history.
Cuche has competed at three previous Olympics and won silver in super-G at the 1998 Nagano Games.