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While she was disappointed to
just miss three podiums in a row, Janyk took solace in how consistently she is
“I am happy to be in there,”
she said. “I’m top six every day this weekend.”
In fact, Janyk has been
consistent all season and has not finished out of the top-10 in nine speed
events this season.
“Obviously I want to be on
the podium but I think consistency is also really important,” she said. “This
season I really wanted to be a contender for every day. I know with a good,
clean run I can be up there on the podium, and the same goes for Emily and
While the men didn’t manage
any podiums in Kitzbuhel, Austria they did manage to get into the top-10
several times in one of alpine skiing’s premier events.
In the super G, Calgary’s
John Kucera and Whistler’s Robbie Dixon placed fifth and sixth, both within 0.2
seconds of the podium. It was Dixon’s best result since joining the national
speed team this season by 32 positions, and Kucera’s best result in a speed
event this season.
According to Alpine Canada,
Dixon was also the youngest athlete to finish in the top-40 of Kitzbuhel.
“We all thought it was a
matter of time before he had a big breakthrough,” said men’s head coach Paul
Kristofic. “He skis very fast in the training, winning training runs. We
started him in a bunch of World Cup races this season to get him up to speed on
where his race day form needs to be. He obviously figured that one out today
with great splits all the way down.”
Two other Canadians finished
in the top-20, with Erik Guay in 11
place and Francois Bourque in
. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, a bronze medalist the week before,
struggled a little on the course, but still earned points in 29
The winner of the race was
Marcho Buechel of Liechtenstein, followed by Hermann Maier of Austria — once
the most dominating skier in the world, but who has never wholly regained his
form since a crash on his motorcycle that nearly cost him his leg. Third place
went to veteran Didier Cuche of Switzerland.