Didier Cuche: It’s not all downhill from here

Revered Ski Champ on Adjusting to Life on the Flat

There are few more inspiring sports videos than the portly-figure of Didier Cuche hurtling to victory in his final race to become the oldest skier to win a World Cup Alpine at the age of 37.

Now six years later, Cuche – famous for hitting speeds of 135 km/hr (83mph) on the slopes – explains how he has finally adapted to life in the slow lane.

Describing his last race, just days after announcing his retirement, he reflects: “I stood cooler at the start than ever before, because I knew that’s the right direction and the right decision.”

“Since then I’ve become a little bit different. You realise after retirement that the world is big and it’s not only about your little world.”

Didier Cuche, Zurich, 2017

A five-time record holder at the treacherous Hahnenkamm Downhill Kitzbühel, he chats with journalist James Allen about starting a family and marrying Manuela Fanconi as part of The Decision – an exclusive UBS series.

To find out more about athletes retiring at the top of their game, why not watch Nico Rosberg’s interview on his surprise exit from the world of Formula One.