STREIF - One Hell of a Ride

Didier Cuche / Switzerland

Didier Cuche was born on 16th of August 1974, in Le Pâquier (Neuchatel Canton). Throughout his career, which ended in March 2012, he was regarded as one of the world’s best speed skiers.

 

On 29 December 1993, he had his World Cup debut in Bormio, finishing only second to last. At that time, nothing pointed to the great success he would enjoy later. In December 1995, Cuche managed to collect World Cup points for the first time and he made it into the A squad the following spring. In 1997, following an injury-related hiatus, the Swiss athlete achieved his first top 10 placement. A few months later, in January 1998, Cuche surprised everyone by winning the Hahnenkamm downhill race. It took another ten years to repeat this feat; in 2008 he won again in Kitzbühel. Many wins followed, and Cuche entered the upper echelons of ski racing. In 2010 and 2011, he enjoyed his third and fourth wins in Kitzbühel, thereby tying four-time winners of Franz Klammer and Karl Schranz.

 

On 19 January 2012, Cuche announced that he would retire from competitive skiing. Just a few days later, on 24th of January 2012, he pulled off his fifth win on the Streif, making him the record title-holder of this prestigious event.

 

Since his retirement, Cuche has dedicated himself to nurturing young talent, supervising top athletes and supporting various charity projects.