Brydon contemplates her future
By Bob Barnett
SAN SICARIO, Italy – The frustrations of the Canadian ski team continued at the women’s downhill Wednesday, where one of the most talented skiers contemplated her future.
Fernie’s Emily Brydon has long been considered a potential champion, but injuries and inconsistent results have followed her throughout her career. Wednesday she was asked about her future.
“I have… a lot of unfinished dreams and a lot of unfinished goals,” she said.
“The fact that the Olympics are in Vancouver in 2010 is a huge… pro. But to be honest I have to sit back and think. If I go I go for four years, and I have to decide if I want to do that, if I want to be 29 years old and still skiing.
“I think if I left I’d feel like I didn’t give it all I had. But, on the other hand, there’s more out there.
“There’s other things I want to do, other things I want to try. But I don’t want to go out a loser, in a sense. I think that if I gave up… if I stopped this year I’d feel like I was giving up. That would be hard to live with.”
Guay to make decision Thursday
Erik Guay, the best Canadian hope for a medal in the speed events, has been sidelined for nearly three weeks but he is still hopeful of starting Saturday’s super G.
“Erik’s been skiing the last two or three days and we’re still going day by day but he has been on snow every day, freeskiing, giant slalom and a little super G so we’ll have to see, but it’s looking positive,” said Max Gartner, Alpine Canada’s chief athletic officer.
“I think after tomorrow’s training we’ll have a pretty good idea (on whether he’ll race).
Guay injured his leg nearly three weeks ago. He is not in any pain most of the time but his leg is sensitive to the stress and vibrations that occur with skiing on an icy course.