Ski World Cup battle hots up

Swiss skier Didier Cuche has put himself back in the running for the overall ski world cup by coming second in the giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia on Saturday.

This content was published on February 24, 2008 - 10:57

At 1 minute 20.73 seconds he was 39 hundredths of a second behind the winner, Hannes Reichelt of Austria.

Current world cup leader, Bode Miller, came seventh and Benjamin Raich of Austria - Cuche's other rival for the cup - was third. Miller now has a lead of only 105 points over Cuche, and Raich of 60.

There are still nine races to go. The next is in Kvitfjell in Norway, where Cuche has done well in the past.

His trainer, Patrice Morisod, told the Swiss news agency that Cuche now had "nothing to lose".

Another Swiss skier, Carlo Janka, came ninth in Whistler, but other Swiss were less successful. Daniel Albrecht, who had previously led the giant slalom standings fell before the end and has dropped to fourth place. Marc Berthod also failed to finish.

The last Swiss to win the world cup was Paul Accola in 1992.

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