In a span of just five days Erik Guay went from a medal drought to a medal monsoon, culminating with the overall World Cup title for super G at the World Cup finals in Germany last week.
To recap: on March 7, Guay earned a gold medal in super G at Kvitfjell, Norway, the first win of his career in the discipline and his first World Cup medal since December 2008.
On March 10 he followed up with a bronze medal performance in the downhill at the World Cup finals in Partenkirchen, Germany. And finally, on March 11 he won his second straight super G World Cup event. Combined with his consistent results from earlier in the season the super G win gave Guay 331 points and the super G title.
Austrian Michael Walchhofer was second in the final super G standings with 316 points.
The overall title and the crystal globe that comes with it was only the second one ever captured by a Canadian male. Steve Podborski won the men's World Cup downhill title in 1982.
"Coming in to today I knew that I had an outside shot at winning the globe but I knew that I was going to need to take some chances to win," Guay said after the race. "And it feels absolutely amazing."
"I needed to go as hard as I could and take as many chances as I could. And I did that," he said. "I took a lot of risk all the way down. It panned out even though there were a lot of times I thought I was right on the limit. There were a couple times when I thought I might be missing the gate or it might be too late to make up time."
Guay's time of 1:27.36 was almost 0.4 seconds ahead of Ivicia Kostelic of Croatia. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway claimed the bronze.
The victories and the overall super G title were a measure of revenge for Guay. In the 2006 and 2010 Olympics he has missed medals in two super Gs by a combined total of four one-hundredths of a second.
Whistler's Manuel Osborne-Paradis had a solid day in Germany to place 11 th in the super G and ninth in the overall standings.
While he hasn't been on the podium often in the past two seasons, Guay was still one of the more consistent skiers on the team with numerous appearances in the top five and top 10.
The World Cup finals featured downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom and a team event on the final day.