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Fischbacher restores Austrian pride

Icy Franz's run no home-course advantage for Canadian women in super G




All of the doubts about the Austrian program were erased in the women's Olympic super G Saturday as Andrea Fischbacher laid down the run of the day to take the win by almost half a second.

Tina Maze of Slovenia placed second, bumping American Lindsey Vonn down to the bronze medal spot.

Like Wednesday's women's downhill, the super G on Franz's run was a roller coaster with off-camber sections, shady areas where visibility was limited and jumps that challenged and surprised competitors.

Whistler's Britt Janyk had a particularly tough time with one landing but somehow managed to recover from what looked like it was going to be a nasty crash. Just before the jump Janyk looked to be within reach of the podium. But her recovery put her off line and she struggled to get back up to speed. She ended the day in 17th place.

"As soon as I recovered and realized I was on my feet I wanted to get back into it and keep racing hard, and I just felt a little shaky on my skis after that," said Janyk. "I just wanted to get to the finish and to the crowd and yeah... I guess I put on a good show for everybody!"

Thirty-eight racers finishers; 15 did not.

While the Canadians were considered contenders in the speed events, the team came out of the downhill, super G and super combined with no medals. However, Janyk did finish sixth in the downhill and considers the Games a positive experience overall.

"In the downhill I was close and finishing sixth was a great result for me, " Janyk said. "And today I went out of the gate with the same gameplan and I think I raced hard. Unfortunately that mistake threw me off, but I'm definitely happy with my Olympics."

The Winter Games are just another stop on the ski circuit and Janyk says she is looking forward to getting back to the World Cup tour.

"Is this motivating? Absolutely," she said. "I am actually really looking forward to getting back on the World Cup circuit and taking what I've done here in Whistler and getting back to that mental state of just racing hard and going after it."

Georgia Simmerling, a graduate of the Grouse Mountain Tyees and a member of the development team, finished the race in 27th position. That was all she set out to do after crashing hard a week before the Games.

"It's not my best performance but I made it down the track today and had some really clean turns," she said. "I think my Olympic experience ended on a positive note, so I'm really excited.