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.
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.”
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