KROELL, HUDEC AND BAUMANN
LAND IN FIRST AT SPEED
EVENTS IN CHAMONIX
BY HANK MCKEE
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The first World Cup race held at Chamonix — one
of the three sites among which the Kandahar rotated
— went to a Canadian, Nancy Greene. The French
venue has not, however, been a favorite of the Cana-
This season the Chamonix events started with a “here
we go again,” feel to it. With two downhills (the first, a
make-up from Val Gardena) and a combined on tap, a
heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the first two of
three training runs.
Then it got cold, pretty much for the first time all season.
Chamonix’s La Verte des Houches is a nasty, long track
and the first race in half a month that hadn’t been forced
into “a sprint” by bad weather. The first training run went
to Didier Cuche, the defending site champion. The Aus-
trians crammed six into the top nine finishers as pres-
sure mounted at home for a downhill win on Feb. 3.
But race day is race day. Hours spent inspecting the
training video had determined lines through the critical