Retro retirement for Didier Cuche

19th March 2012, by Chris Gill

Didier Cuche in action (c)

Didier Cuche in action (c)

Didier Cuche of Switzerland has retired from the world of Alpine ski racing. And for his last World Cup race, he chose to don retro ski clothing.

Cuche, 37, who announced his retirement shortly before this year’s Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, chose to ski his last race using wooden skis and wearing clothing of the 1950’s era. His supporters cheered him down the Austrian giant slalom course, which was the final World Cup racing weekend of the season.

Naturally, the wooden skis didn’t give him the speed and stability of modern equipment and Cuche finished his second run in a time just over five minutes. But it was a great way to end a long and successful career.

Here is our news item relating to the Swiss skier’s retirement and win in Kitzbühel in January.

Watch his epic descent again here:

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