Triumphant Cuche shrugs off Hahnenkamm dangers

By Brian Homewood

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Reuters) - Swiss Didier Cuche shrugged off the dangers of the Hahnenkamm course to win Friday's World Cup Super G.

Overall World Cup leader Carlo Janka was reported as saying in the Swiss media earlier this week that he would take it easy at Kitzbuehel in order to avoid injury in the run-up to next month's Vancouver Olympics.

Cuche, though, said he would forget about the possibility of getting hurt and maintain complete concentration for Saturday's downhill on the notorious mountain.

"I couldn't do it, I have to give 100 percent," he told reporters after claiming his third World Cup victory of the season.

"I think if I give less than that I would be running a greater risk of getting injured."

Fellow Swiss Janka, downhill winner at Wengen last week, was a modest 19th in Friday's race.

"The risk of crashing and getting injured at Kitzbuehel is greater than on other courses," he was quoted as saying earlier this week.

"If I get injured my next two big targets will have gone down the drain -- the Olympics and the world championships. For me these two high points are worth more than winning a single race."

Janka said his thoughts were influenced by Daniel Albrecht's crash on the same course a year ago.

The Swiss was in an induced coma for three weeks after the accident and now suffers from partial amnesia.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Tony Jimenez)