Fernie’s Emily Brydon is the latest Canadian to step up to a World Cup podium, with a silver medal this past weekend in Switzerland. But while the Canadian team can now boast four podiums in four weeks — including two by Whistler’s Britt Janyk — the big story this past weekend is how consistently Canadians are finishing in the top-10.
The men were at Val-Gardena-Groeden, Italy for a super G and downhill.
Erik Guay came closest in the super G, placing fifth in 1:36.86, just two tenths of a second off the podium. Jan Hudec also cracked the top-10, finishing in ninth place, while John Kucera and Manuel Osborne-Paradis earned points for 17 th and 24 th place finishes respectively.
The win went to Didier Cuche of Switzerland, followed by Bode Miller of the U.S. and Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein.
“My race went pretty well,” said Guay. “I made a series of very small mistakes which were the reason I came fifth. The snow was really aggressive today and I feel that I attacked the course.”
Guay had another solid performance in the downhill, this time placing fourth behind Austria’s Michael Walchhofer, Didier Cuche and American Scott McCartney. Osborne-Paradis was sixth.
Although he has yet to stand on a podium this season, Guay finished his weekend with three top-10 finishes to his credit so far this season and two other results in the top-20.
While that result keeps him in the hunt for the overall title, Guay made it clear that he hoped for more.
“It’s frustrating and somewhat disappointing,” he said. “I was certain to have the third place and then McCartney came in a couple of racers after me and took it away. But I have no one else to blame but myself.”
For Osborne-Paradis, an alumnus of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, it was just good to be in the top-10 again.
“I didn’t think I was going to do it but I just gave’er,” he said. “After the training run I figured I could tuck more and attack more, which I did in the race.”
The women’s team had a similar kind of weekend at St. Moritz, Switzerland, with the exception of Brydon’s medal performance.
In the downhill race, which replaced a cancelled event at Val d’Isere, Britt Janyk placed a solid eighth, leaving the podium to Anja Paerson of Sweden, Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. and Maria Riesch of Germany. Emily Brydon and Kelly Vanderbeek also cracked the top-30, placing 15 th and 22 nd respectively.