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Disappointment for Swiss skiers

Swiss skiers Didier Cuche and Didier Défago and cross-country specialist Dario Cologna have suffered setbacks in their bids for World Cup titles.

Cuche came a disappointing 13th in the downhill at Kvitfjell in Norway, while Défago was the best Swiss in 11th place. Cologna failed to qualify for his race in Finland.

The Kvitfjell result has seemingly put a dampener on Cuche’s chances of gaining an overall men’s World Cup victory and to Défago’s hopes of winning the downhill crown.

Cologna, the current men’s World Cup leader for cross country, went out in the qualification round of his sprint race in Lahti.

Norway’s Petter Northug emerged with the win, allowing him to close in on Cologna, who has a 103-point cushion with eight races left.

In the women’s World Cup slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany, the best Swiss, Denise Feierabend, finished 15th.

In a further blow, it was announced on Sunday that the Super-G race in Kvitfjell had been cancelled. This means that both Cuche and Défago are deprived of another chance to improve their standings.

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