World Cup alpine skiing: Canada has disappointing showing at 2018 Olympic downhill venue
Erik Guay top Canadian finisher in 28th
The Canadian team didn't fare well on what will be the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea, with Erik Guay finishing 28th.
The brand new course in Jeongseon, hosting its first of 28 official test events before the next Winter Olympics, was complimented and criticized in the days leading up Saturday's downhill event. It eventually proved best-suited for Norway's Kjetil Jansurd, who won gold in a time of one minute 41.38 seconds after telling the Associated Press on Thursday he liked the course.
Italy's Dominik Paris took second, .20 seconds behind Jansrud. Steven Nyman of the United States took bronze 0.41 behind.
Guay, the 2011 world champion in the downhill and a resident of Mont Tremblant, Que., finished in 1:43.20, 1.82 behind Jansrud. Guay called the course "awesome" after it was opened without gates to skiers Wednesday.
Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Benjamin Thomsen, Jeffrey Frish finished 39th, 41st and 44th, respectively, rounding out what was overall a disappointing downhill competition for the team.
The 34-year-old Guay sits 18th in the men's downhill World Cup rankings.
One of the vocal critics of the new track, Italy's Christof Innerhofer, fell to 21st on the day. Innerhofer, who took a silver and a bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi, told the Associated Press he thought the course was too slow, compared with what World Cup racers have become accustomed to.
The World Cup event continues Sunday with the super-G.
With files from The Associated Press