Robin Cuche ready to be a Paralympic contender

Swiss skier makes season debut on home snow at St Moritz World Cup this week 11 Dec 2017
a male Para skier goes down the slope

PyeongChang 2018 will be Cuche's second Paralympic Winter Games

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By Lisa Blythman | For the IPC

Robin Cuche is regarded as one of the most promising Para alpine skiers in Switzerland after a breakthrough season in which he won silver in the men’s super-combined standing at the 2017 World Championships in January.

A shoulder injury kept him off the slopes for some time, but the 18-year-old already is now fully fit ahead of the new season. Cuche’s steady improvement makes him a serious medal contender ahead of the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, from 9-18 March 2018.

This is going to be his second Games after competing at Sochi 2014, where he finished 12th in the giant slalom and 18th in the slalom.

“My first Paralympics were to gain some experience, but now I’m older, I’m ready to take PyeongChang more seriously”, said Cuche.

“I have a good feeling for the new season, I’ve tested new things with my boots and my knee protection. I have also undergone lots of physical training to be fully ready for this season. I’m ready to race again.”

The first alpine skiing World Cup will take place in St Moritz, Switzerland, from 13-15 December. It will be the perfect opportunity for home favourite Cuche to kick off the season in style.

“Once you pass the first gate, every pressure is gone, the feeling of freedom and the speed is why I love to ski”, he said. “For me, success is to be happy in what you achieve and with the people you're doing it with”.

“Skiing can be dangerous, and until the finish-line anything can happen”.

For the first time all seven World Para Alpine Skiing World Cups will be live streamed on a dedicated World Cup website, with highlights, live results and profiles also available.