Kitz, Cortina Debriefing; World Cup to Schladming Next


By Greg Needell
Alpine Race Consulting
Published: January 24, 2011

We had a great weekend of racing in Kitz and Cortina which lived up to the hype and history in both places. Kitzbuehel continued to amaze and showed that it truly is 'The Race" when it comes to downhill. Didier Cuche deserved that win like no other on any hill, anywhere. The fact that he grabbed his tuck position in the air off the Mausfalle made it obvious to me that he was not going to be denied on that day. Or at least was going to go down swinging. He executed and crushed it. There were a lot of other great stories on the day but he dominated. And Ivica Kostelic just continued to amaze extending his overall lead to 401 points over Zurbriggen! He seems to be running away with it at this point with over 1000 points already.

The slalom belonged to Grange and Kostelic knocked down another 180 points with second place and the Combi win. I do need to congratulate Nolan Kasper for his career best 12th place and also Mission Ridge Ski Team skier Colby Granstrom for his first really big-time World Cup start and for earning another shot at it in Schladming tomorrow!

In Cortina, Lindsey showed she is the queen of speed and all others will need to go through her to win the Downhill or SG crowns. She fumbled her way down the hill in the Downhill and still was able to grab 3rd place. She probably scared herself a couple of times this weekend which I am sure she can overcome. The same is true of Maria Riesch in that she proved that the Overall is going to go through her. Lindsey's technical skiing has not been up to her standards of late and Maria has been extremely consistent across the board and there seems to be no answer for her from Lindsey. Obviously, Lins needs to get her slalom and GS in order soon if she is to compete for the Overall.