Cuche slips up as Guay wins Super-G

Reuters - Sun, 07 Mar 09:08:00 2010

Canadian Erik Guay claimed the first World Cup Super-G victory of his career in Kvitfjell.

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But there was disappointment for Switzerland's Didier Cuche, whose overall World Cup hopes were shredded as he missed a gate and failed to finish.

Guay, fifth in the downhill and the Super-G at last month's Vancouver Olympics, clocked one minute 31.95 seconds as he registered his second win in a World Cup race.

Austrian Hannes Reichelt was second, 0.02 seconds adrift, with Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Swiss Tobias Gruenenfelder joint third.

"Obviously I would have loved to achieve this result at the Olympics but sometimes you're on the right side and sometimes on the wrong side of luck," said Guay, who also failed to make the downhill podium at the 2006 Olympics in Turin by 0.01 seconds.

"For us Canadians there was too much press, too many expectations in Whistler," he added.

Guay registered his previous World Cup victory in a downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen three years ago.

"In Kvitfjell you need to find the right balance between attack and smoothness. I worked very hard to achieve this," he said.

Reichelt, who picked up a slight injury ahead of the Olympics, was only selected as a reserve for the Super-G in Vancouver.

Cuche had won Saturday's downhill on the same hill to boost his chances of World Cup glory, but his failure to finish could cost him dear.

Austria's Benjamin Raich leads the overall standings on 1,020 points ahead of Swiss Carlo Janka on 973 and Cuche on 846 before the finals in Garmisch this week.

Swede Patrik Jaerbyn, 41, finished eighth only two weeks after being involved in a serious crash at the Olympics.

Reuters

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