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Brydon back on podium, bringing Canada’s tally to eight

Robbie Dixon posts best result yet with national team

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While she was disappointed to just miss three podiums in a row, Janyk took solace in how consistently she is skiing.

“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 Kelly.”

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 th place and Francois Bourque in 19 th . Manuel Osborne-Paradis, a bronze medalist the week before, struggled a little on the course, but still earned points in 29 th .

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.

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