February 7, 2009

Canada’s Kucera wins men’s downhill Worlds

Canadian John Kucera edged Didier Cuche of Swizterland by 0.04 seconds Saturday to win the men's downhill at the World Championships in France.

Kucera, 24, made a nearly flawless 2:07.01 run down the icy course at Val d'Isere to become the first Canadian to ever win a world title in the men's downhill. He was followed by Cuche, the winner of the men's super-G championship, at 2:07.05 and Carlo Janka of Switzerland, who placed third at 2:07.18.

Kucera had the advantage of being the second racer down the highly technical course and finishing before fog began to creep in, which made things tougher on the later competitors.

When I came into the fog it kind of surprised me and that's when I made my first mistake and from that point on I was kind of playing catch up, American Marco Sullivan said in a written statement from the U.S. Ski Association.

It was a serious test of technical skiing ability. The guy who won today was an amazing technical skier.

Sullivan finished 25th, while fellow American Bode Miller came in eighth with a 2:08.38 run.