RICHARD CLINCHES SILVER
Cyprien Richard (FRA) skied the race of his life today at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER). The Frenchman won his first ever silver medal in a nail-biting race in which nothing more than hundredths of a second decided the outcome. Richard was beaten by a mere 0.08 seconds by the new World Champion, Ted Ligety (USA). The first medal in the career of the popular Frenchman is shining very brightly despite the wafer-thin margin. "I'm not bothered about the eight hundredths of a second. I'm far too happy," said an absolutely delighted Richard in the finish area, a racer who is otherwise seldom satisfied with himself.
Richard saw his chance in the side-to-side second run and seized the opportunity. He unleashed his outstanding technique and climbed from seventh after the first run to second place, winning the second individual medal at the WCH for the Fischer Team. "I wasn't too far behind after the first run. When we had the inspection for the second run I knew that I had it in me to put in a good performance. The run was really my kind of run." Not forgetting the steepness of the slope. One of the criteria was certainly the "free fall" section – at 92% the steepest part of the Kandahar piste.
With Richard having already won the gold medal together with the French team in the nations event on Wednesday, this was the crowning glory of a tough career. A career interrupted and influenced again and again by knee and arm injuries. The 32-year-old Frenchman has finally soared to new heights since the beginning of the 2011 season. "Priou", as he is known to his fans, won his first World Cup race in Adelboden (SUI) and thus reached a target he had longed for: a victory in the World Cup. His victory and a second place so far in this season's World Cup certainly meant that he was a force to be reckoned with – the extremely likeable French Giant Slalom silver medallist!