Oldies, but Goldies

Once again the Saslong course in Gardena-Gröden has confirmed that experience wins the race. Cuche is 33 years old, Miller 30 and Buchel 36. Everybody agreed "You definitely ski better on this course in your thirties".

The press conference in St.Christina was filled with interesting tidbits. According to gold podium Didier Cuche: “Sometimes one has to look for luck. I pushed hard particularly in the latter parts of the race and that is where I beat Bode Miller.”

Both Miller and third placed Marco Büchel arrived to Gardena-Gröden in their respective RVs. Maybe also Cuche will consider this option for his next race. “I’ve been thinking about it. But I want Bode Miller’s real thing and not Marco’s smaller version.”

The press was smitten by Bode Miller’s words: “I’ve made a few mistakes and have taken many risks. Despite being happy with my overall race I know that I could have taken a cleaner approach. Tomorrow’s downhill? Yet another demanding race requiring 101% of my efforts.”

Marco Büchel appeared to be the most charged of all three athletes. “Being on the podium ahead of the younger crowd is immensely satisfying. I’m feeling strong and I know that I could win a podium in the Downhill. The only upset was having to replace my back protector less then 24 hours before the race because one team (not further identified - editor’s note) has brought a complaint to FIS hoping that I would be disqualified. Strange, they have been going well for four years.”