Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm – bleak for the Austrians, joyous for the Swiss

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Another day, another Swiss victory in the Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm men’s downhill and another heavy fall.

Today the Italian ski racer Klotz fell from over 4m at high speed and is currently hospitalised in St Johann, who together with the Austrian Grugger who crashed earlier in the week and is set for a long hospital stay (in Innsbruck) and recovery make for a pretty grisly injury list from the toughest ski race in the world. Equally painful for the Austrians is the fact that ski racer Didier Cuche took the win and eclipsed the national idol Franz Klammer on the Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm. All pretty gloomy for the Austrians who are so used to domination of the ski world and certainly on their cherished Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm race track. The good news for the locals included the conditions – cold, 20-30cm of new snow and sunny.

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