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SKI RACE CELEBRATION OR ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATION?
Nice, But We Prefer Tina
Maze’s Fashion Statement
It may not have been the result he wished
for but at least Canada’s Erik Guay was styling
during his lap down the vaunted Streif at the
The 2010 World Champ ended eleventh
despite losing his pole out of the start, finishing
0.63 seconds behind Didier Cuche, doing
so while modeling a newly designed, slick-
looking, special-edition red and silver speed
suit, prominently displaying the Canadian
No pun intended, but Guay’s teammates also
In Kitzbuehel, thousands of flag-waving,
banner toting, and let’s just say “spirited” fans
pack the foot of the Zielschuss like sardines on
a slick ice rink just to catch a glimpse of the new
Hahnenkamm champion. The raucous evening
awards ceremony happens annually on the
deck of the Red Bull restaurant.
This year, chants of “Didier, Didier, Didier,”
seemed loud enough to be heard all the way
back to Switzerland as smoke from red flares
filled the Kitzbuehel sky.
And this enormous spectator turnout was
for a Swiss, albeit a very popular, five-time
Hahnenkamm downhill champion. In fairness to
the massive amount of fans, two Austrians also
found the podium and were honored this year.
With the “old man of the mountain” retiring, the
mob on the mountain may finally witness one
of their hometown heroes receiving the golden
“rooster” trophy next January. And if that does
happen, helmets and protective gear might not
be such a bad idea.