Erik Guay takes Kvitfjell Super-G

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Free of the super hype surrounding Whistler and the Olympic races there, Guay took his place at the top of the podium today in Kvitfjell, Norway. As he said in interviews, he was .03 off the podium in Whistler and won today by .02. Ridiculously tight results. Other Canadians: Manny Osborne-Paradis finished 11th and Jan Hudec, 17th.

I’d like to see Erik bring his momentum to the World Cup finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen next week. Sentimental location for me, as that was where I taught skiing for a couple of seasons.

Erik Guay kept his slim hopes of claiming the men’s World Cup super-G title alive by taking victory in the event at Kvitfjell.

The Canadian clocked a time of one minute 31.95 seconds to claim his second ever World Cup race win and first in super-G.

Michael Walchhofer missed out on his chance to take an unassailable lead in the standings as the Austrian could only manage a sixth-placed finish.

Walchhofer’s compatriot Hannes Reichelt trailed Guay home by a mere 0.02 seconds.

Olympic star Aksel Lund Svindal, riding on home snow in Norway, shared third place with Swiss Tobias Gruenenfelder.

The result leaves Svindal 46 points behind Walchhofer in the super-G standings, with Guay a further 23 points adrift in third place.

Pressure

The 28-year-old Quebecois was part of the disappointing Canadian men’s alpine team at the recent Vancouver Olympics.

He claims that too much pressure and unrealistic expectations were part of the reason they came away from the Games without a single medal.

“Obviously I would have loved to achieve this result at the Olympics but sometimes you’re on the right side and sometimes on the wrong side of luck,” Guay said.

“For us Canadians there was two much press, too many expectations in Whistler.”

About his win on Sunday, he added: “In Kvitfjell you need to find the right balance between attack and smoothness. I worked very hard to achieve this.”

Read the entire article here.

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3 thoughts on “Erik Guay takes Kvitfjell Super-G

    jake said:
    March 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    uhh.. I think it’s time for an update on your last post. What a heroic end to the season. Lets hope that Alpine Canada and Red Bull keep backing him so that he can keep the momentum going strong next year. It is about time Canada had a skiing superstar!

    inklake said:
    March 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    lol. I’ve been swamped with work. Didn’t have time to post about this, but this is huge. What an accomplishment for Erik! Technically he is our best skier and it showed on the difficult Kandahar course!

    inklake said:
    March 11, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I saw Erik skiing at a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise a few years ago (the same downhill that Hermann Maier made his comeback on after the near-lethal motorcycle accident), and Guay’s skiing ability was as close to the Austrians or Swiss in terms of fluidity and technical skill as anyone else’s on the mountain. It’s a combinations of traits you’d usually only find in a skier like Bode Miller. I was so happy to hear that Erik found his mojo and skied this course so aggressively because he can handle a challenging course like this with his power and skill. Makes me want to blog about the Garmisch courses. What a great result!

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