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Didier Cuche fastest in World Cup downhill training

Didier Cuche fastest in World Cup downhill training

Didier Cuche of Switzerland posted the fastest training time Thursday for a men's World Cup downhill.
Cuche, who leads the downhill standings and is third overall, raced down the 3,035-meter Olympiabakken at Kvitfjell in 1 minute, 47.44 seconds.
Yannick Bertrand of France finished second, 0.90 seconds behind, and Michael Walchhofer of Switzerland third, 1.18 back.
The men's World Cup returns to Norway on Friday with a downhill that replaces a race that was canceled at Val d'Isere, France, earlier this month.
Another downhill is scheduled Saturday on the same Kvitfjell course, which hosted the men's speed events during the 1994 Winter Olympics. On Sunday, the meet concludes with a super-G.
The Americans finished well back in Thursday's training except for Steven Nyman, who clocked the fifth fastest time, 1.64 behind Cuche.
Bode Miller, who leads the overall standings, only managed 21st in 1:50.06. And Marco Sullivan, who won the last downhill in late January for his first World Cup victory, wound up 66th among 71 finishers in 1:53.19.
Miller, who in 2005 became the first American since Phil Mahre in 1983 to win the men's overall title, leads Benjamin Raich of Austria with 1,103 points to 1,058 in the overall standings. Cuche is third with 998.
Raich, who scores most of his points in the technical disciplines, had the 55th fastest time Thursday in 1:52.19.
Cuche leads the downhill standings with 464 points, 65 ahead of Miller. Walchhofer is third (343) and Sullivan fourth (278).


Updated : 2021-06-20 06:30 GMT+08:00