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goodbye to Didier Cuche

post #1 of 21
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did anyone see Didier's last run in competative ski racing, great man be missed by me watching him through the gates and in his interviews

post #2 of 21

Hard to replace characters like him. Great skier and a top man. I felt quite emotional watching that last run. Nice touch to see everyone copy his ski windmill as a tribute.

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Hard to replace characters like him. Great skier and a top man. I felt quite emotional watching that last run. Nice touch to see everyone copy his ski windmill as a tribute.


well they tried to copy but some failed poorly, yes its sad when such characters are lost from sport, i'll be sad when his fellow country man Rodger retires from tennis,

 

i notice youre from the uk, you done much dry slope skiing?

 

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well they tried to copy but some failed poorly, yes its sad when such characters are lost from sport, i'll be sad when his fellow country man Rodger retires from tennis,

 

Oh man, me too! But fortunately Fed's playing Nadal this very afternoon on tv (ABC in the US, rain delay at the moment), so happy for now!

 

Back on topic, guess he did the run in old style garb!! How cool is that?

 

Story and pix/vid here.

 

Here's Cuche showing how to do the flip (jump to :55)...

 

 


 

 

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Oh man, me too! But fortunately Fed's playing Nadal this very afternoon on tv (ABC in the US, rain delay at the moment), so happy for now!

 

Back on topic, guess he did the run in old style garb!! How cool is that?

 

Story and pix/vid here.

 

Here's Cuche showing how to do the flip (jump to :55)...

 

 


 

 

He was the Don for doing his last run in traditional Swiss get up and wooden skis, did you see him nearly stumble over it was like he'd never skied before, clearly a case of poor skier only being able to perform on new equipment and when he was on proper skis couldn't hack it, pffft
Another one lost from sport is our Seve, class and brilliant god that man will be missed
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I don't think conditions were ever that "firm" back when they used that gear.
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I could not get the Universal Sports video to work, so thanks for finding/posting that! Awesome!  ;-)

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I could not get the Universal Sports video to work, so thanks for finding/posting that! Awesome!  ;-)



I jacked that from songfta's FB wall.  Enjoyed watching it first thing this morning :-)

post #9 of 21

I love his style for taking his last run in classic gear. That required temerity. He is a wonderful racer and will be missed by all those that love the sport.

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I don't think conditions were ever that "firm" back when they used that gear.

Wow, what an amazing and unexpected way to celebrate the end of a successful competitive career!  Cuche knew that he'd look out of control on those skis, and that he'd come down that run painfully slow compared to his usual speed.  He even fell!  His fans loved it; he was having fun; the commentators were laughing with him; they even did a close-up in slo-mo at the end of his footwork as he attempted to gain some control over those unbending and unresponsive boards.  I'm thinking this guy is very secure self-esteem-wise and willing to have fun goofing off in a big public way just to give his admiring fans a good laugh.  Must be a great guy.

 

 

post #11 of 21
Did he win?
post #12 of 21
And fis wants to go back to 40m radius gs skis???


Cuche is a true sportsman. CBC reported Head offered him $1m to ski for one more year but he declined.
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And fis wants to go back to 40m radius gs skis???


Did you guys notice that Ligety had the fastest 2nd run...

 

 

 

On next years skis wink.gif !

 

redface.gif FIS th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

 

 

Farewell to Didier, a true champion.

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JF

 

 

post #14 of 21

Very, very, very cool. May he have a long and happy life.

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Very, very, very cool. May he have a long and happy life.


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22 28 293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA 1:13.99 1:15.59 2:29.58 24.21
23 17 51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT 1:13.88 1:15.83 2:29.71 24.99
24 30 422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR 1:19.26 1:13.94 2:33.20 45.85
25 6 534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA 1:22.15 1:13.41 2:35.56 59.96
26 26 510030 CUCHE Didier 1974 SUI 1:14.64 4:29.92 5:44.56 1189.83

 


Edited by quant2325 - 3/17/12 at 9:44pm
post #16 of 21
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The whole mountain embraced his last run, he will remember and everyone else will remember his goodbye for ever
post #17 of 21

That was awesome.   He was currently my favorite racer.  Class act all the way.

post #18 of 21

I would always be screaming at my tv when Cuche made his runs.  He was my favorite racer over the past few seasons.

 

Dennis

post #19 of 21

That was just the best. I love this guy.

 

Marco did his last run in a tux with short pants.

 

The sport will miss them both.

 

Cheers.

 

@

post #20 of 21

rossymcg, that was hilarious.  Thanks for starting topic and sharing link to last run.  Cuche is one of my favorites too.  My form on new skis is so similar to his on the vintage gear that I can study that video MA all summer to work on my technique!

 

Another comment from watching that video, for those of us from the States that love skiing, we owe it to ourselves to get to the Alps someday and soak up the atmosphere where they treat World Cup ski competitions like NFL playoff games.

post #21 of 21

Classic and priceless!!

 

 

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