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TORINO: Alpine: Cuche, Gruenenfelder eye last Swiss DH spot

TORINO: Alpine: Cuche, Gruenenfelder eye last Swiss DH spot{mosimage}TORINO, Italy – Bruno Kernen, Ambrosi Hoffmann and Didier Defago have been selected to represent Switzerland in Sunday’s Olympic men’s downhill.

The three were picked ”because of their good results and their improving form,” Swiss Ski said.

The fourth spot will go to either Tobias Gruenenfelder or Didier Cuche. The decision will be made after the second training session on Friday or Saturday.

The 33-year-old Kernen is the 1997 downhill world champion and also took a bronze medal in 2003. He has three top-three finishes this season and is eighth in the World Cup standings.

Defago was sixth in the downhill at the 2005 World Championships, while Hoffmann was eighth at both the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2005 worlds.

– The Associated Press

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