"I felt yesterday like I had a winning run but it was maybe too early a start ... but no excuses," he said. "I didn't think it was possible, but I had an even better run than yesterday and put the nail in the coffin as they say."
Hudec's run Saturday was even more special because he did not have the best light after starting 24th on the La Verte des Houches course. Those before had blue skies and profited from brighter sunshine.
After a tricky and technical top section, Hudec found himself behind Baumann, but as he started to pick up speed he went 0.36, 0.47 and 0.54 ahead at successive splits.
"I've always said that Jan is probably one of the best natural skiers out there," Guay said. "Especially when it comes to gliding, he's absolutely unbelievable, as we saw in the bottom section today. It's exceptional what he did today, but it's also good for the team because it motivates everyone to do better."
Baumann thought he had won, except he hadn't checked who was next down the hill.
"I didn't have the start list," Baumann said through a translator. "And I didn't realize Hudec was starting after me."
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