The women’s national speed
team earned Canada’s eighth World Cup medal of the season last weekend at
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy this one coming courtesy of Fernie’s Emily Brydon. It
was Brydon’s second medal of 2007-2008, and the first time in Brydon’s 11 years
with the team that she has earned two podiums in a season.
The women’s speed team now
has five medals this season, four in downhill and one in super G.
In Italy, Brydon placed third
behind Lindsay Vonn of the U.S. and Anja Paerson of Italy. Ontario’s Kelly
Vanderbeek came closest to bumping Brydon from the podium, placing 0.04 back in
fourth place overall. Whistler’s Britt Janyk also came close, 0.16 back of
VanderBeek, to give Canada three racers in the top-10.
“I love Cortina,” said
Brydon. “Apart from Lake Louise it is by far my favourite stop on the World
Cup. It’s a classic and it’s an honour to be on the podium. My whole career
I’ve wanted to podium in Lake Louise and I’ve wanted to podium in Cortina, so
now I can check one off the list.
“I am honoured to be on the
Canadian ski team right now. When I thought of retiring a couple years ago, now
it blows my mind.
“The support that the nation
is giving us right now, our sponsors, our friends, this is what sport is all
about. And it’s exciting to be on a team that is doing so well with such
positive energy and great momentum.”
In the super G, Brydon nearly
made it two podiums in a row, missing the bronze medal by just 0.01 seconds
behind Nicole Hosp of Austria. Maria Holaus of Austria took the gold medal,
followed by Julia Mancuso of the U.S. Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. was fifth by
another 0.01 seconds, and Janyk was sixth by a gap of another 0.01 seconds. In
other words, just 0.03 seconds separated third from sixth.
Brydon was slightly
“We know that in this sport
every hundredth of a second counts,” said Brydon. “But every so often when
you’re reminded of it, like this, it hurts a little.”
Kelly VanderBeek placed 15
There was another super G the
following day, a makeup event for earlier in the season, and Britt Janyk came
closest to the podium with a fifth place finish. The medals went to Maria
Riesch of Germany, followed by Elisabeth Goergl and Renate Goetschl of Austria.