Canadian Athlete of the Weekend: Erik Guay
Downhill champ en route to most career podium finishes by a Canadian
Every Monday, the CBCSports.ca team profiles a Canadian athlete that excelled over the weekend. This week's winner is Erik Guay, Canadian downhill skier and master of the Hahnenkamm.
"If ever there's a place you want to podium it’s Kitzbuehel. It's definitely the Super Bowl of the World Cup."
Erik Guay used that spotlight to ski closer to a Canadian record, finishing second in the downhill race at the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Saturday.
The Mont Tremblant, Que., native raced to a time of one minute 57.69 seconds — just 0.13 seconds behind gold medallist Dominik Paris of Italy — for the Canadian's 19th career top-three finish. That's just one shy of the record set by Canadian skiing legend Steve Podborski of "Crazy Canucks" fame.
Check out Guay's amazing run down one of the finest and most harrowing courses on the World Cup circuit:
Guay will defend his downhill world championship title next month in Schladming, Austria, giving him his first chance to tie the Canadian record.
Around the world
Check out where Canada's top athletes of the weekend were in action on our interactive map:
- Kaillie Humphries (Calgary) and Chelsea Valois (Zenon Park, Sask.) successfully defended Humphries's world bobsleigh title in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
- That win by Humpries and Valois helped the Canadian bobsleigh-skeleton team win bronze in the team competition.
- Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg) won the National Grand Slam of Curling final in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
- Christine Nesbitt (London, Ont.) won speedskating gold at the world sprint championships in Kearns, Utah.
- Maelle Ricker (Squamish, B.C.) and Dominique Maltais (Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Que) won gold and silver, respectively, at the snowboard cross world championships in Stoneham, Que.
- Mikael Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, Que.) won gold in men's moguls in Calgary for his record 18th consecutive World Cup medal, while teammate Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal) also took home gold.
- Mark McMorris (Regina) won snowboarding slopestyle gold, Max Parrott (Bromont, Que.) took the silver, while Spencer O'Brien (North Vancouver, B.C.) won bronze in the women's event. Kaya Turksi (Montreal) took silver in the ski slopestyle event.