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"It is a good thing he is so physically strong. If he wasn’t he would have been a mess."

Although he got several World Cup starts last year, this is Hume’s first full season on the World Cup circuit. This wasn’t his first crash – Hume is quickly earning a reputation of being a bit of Crazy Canuck, and for always skiing on edge.

Forsyth, Janyk quick in Slovenia

The Canadian women also had reason to celebrate after their performance at Maribor, Slovenia over the weekend.

Nanaimo’s Allison Forsyth put her ongoing struggle against tendonitis in her hips behind her on Saturday, posting her best World Cup result of the season in the giant slalom.

Forsyth, who was once ranked fourth in the World in the GS before her health problems, finished in sixth place.

"My hips were very bad until about 48 hours ago," said Forsyth. "I’ve been working with our physio Kent (Kobelka) on different things, and this deep tissue massage seems to be doing the trick."

Forsyth was 27 th after the first run, one spot back of 18-year-old Brigitte Acton of Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario, who was making her World Cup GS debut.

Forsyth turned up the intensity for her second run, posting one of the fastest second times to move up an incredible 21 positions in the standings.

"I didn’t trust my hips in the first run and was very cautious, hesitant to put pressure over the ski.

"But in the second run, I gave it everything. I’m definitely on the rebound."

Acton dropped a couple of places in her second run, finishing 25 th – not bad for her first ever World Cup race.

Whistler’s Britt Janyk just missed qualifying after landing in 32 nd after the first race.

Janyk, 23, made amends the following day in the slalom, where she was the only Canadian in the competition. She finished in 25 th place.

Last winter Janyk earned 11 top-25 finishes on the World Cup circuit, including three top-10 finishes.

She injured her knee in the season-opener in Austria this year, and since her recovery she has only once managed to qualify for a second run.

"I’m happy," she said. "This is definitely a step forward in the right direction. It’s been a tough season. I’ve been struggling to get results since my injury.

"I know my skiing is there, but I haven’t had the confidence to go along with it."