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With gusting winds and a temperature of minus 25 Celsius, the best Janyk could manage was ninth place — enough to donate several thousand dollars of prize money to recreation programs in Africa through Right To Play. The team decided ahead of time to donate any race winnings to the charity, but only athletes in the top-10 get a share of the prize purse. Kelly Vanderbeek also cracked the top-30, finishing in 16 th place.
While Janyk was shooting for the podium, she was happy with the day.
“I think we’re going to come out of this weekend with a really good energy and a lot of confidence,” she said. “It always feels good to have the first races done, so we’ll move on to Aspen now looking to continue with the good results.”
Martina Schild of Switzerland won the SG, followed by Maria Riesch of Germany and Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden.
While the women’s team was in Lake Louise, the men’s speed team was in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
In the downhill, three Canadians made the top-20 — John Kucera in 13 th , Erik Guay in 15 th and Jan Hudec in 17 th .
Michael Walchhofer of Austria took the gold medal, followed by Steven Nyman of the U.S. and Didier Cuche of Switzerland.
In the giant slalom, two Canadians cracked the top-10 with Kucera placing sixth and Francois Bourque ninth.
It was a close race, and Kucera came within a fraction of a second of the podium.
“I was two tenths from winning the whole thing and just one tenth to the podium,” he said. “I am so pumped about the race. It was really good. Although there was lots of snow the track was awesome.”
It was also challenging, with 12 skiers going off course in the first run. Several other top-tier skiers also failed to qualify for a second run.
Daniel Albrecht of Switzerland took the gold medal, followed by Mario Matt of Austria and Didier Cuche of Switzerland.
In the final super G on Monday, delayed from Saturday because of the conditions, Jan Hudec was the top Canadian in ninth, while Bourque tied for 13 th , and Kucera placed 15 th . Both Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay did not finish their runs.