Erik Guay wins men's World Cup downhill in Norway
Canadian skis to 2nd downhill victory of the season
Racing in Norway feels just like home for Canada's Erik Guay.
Guay earned his fifth career World cup title Saturday on one of his favourite courses. He clinched his second downhill win this season, finishing ahead of Frenchman Johan Clarey and Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria.
American Travis Ganong, who was third Friday, narrowly missed out on another podium, finishing 0.62 second back in fourth. Bode Miller, a bronze medallist in the super-G at the Sochi Olympics, was eighth.
Two of Guay's career five wins and four of his 22 podiums have been in Kvitfjell, where there is a super-G scheduled for Sunday. Guay, of Mont-Treblant, Que., won it here in 2010.
"We've had a great relationship over the years," Guay said. "Everything reminds me of Quebec and Canada, I feel comfortable when I come here.
"The landscape in general in Norway looks a lot like Quebec and the weather can be a lot like Quebec. It can be raining and warm, and also minus 25 and freezing cold."
It was the 32-year-old Guay's third career downhill win. He also won downhill earlier this season at the Italian resort of Val Gardena, where Clarey was third.
"It's just a track that suits me well," Guay said. "It's a real downhill track that follows your run.
"It's got jumps, it's got side-hills, technical sections. I think that's what downhill's all about."
Conditions were overcast and a little foggy but unlike Friday's downhill the rain stayed away. Guay had a time of one minute 22.17 seconds, finishing 0.35 seconds ahead of Clarey — who secured a third career podium.
"It's difficult conditions, soft snow. I think you need a really well-balanced touch," Guay said. "If you're too aggressive or leaning in a little bit, it's easy to lose (time)."
Jeffrey Frisch of Mont-Tremblant finished 17th while Manuel Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver, B.C., was 21st. Benjamin Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., was 43rd, finishing one spot ahead of Calgary's Jan Hudec. Other Canadians included: Conrad Pridy of Whistler, B.C., (50th), Toronto's Dustin Cook (59th) and Morgan Pridy of Whistler (60th).
Meanwhile, it was the best result of Clarey's career.
"It shows anything can happen, even late on. Better late than never," Clarey said. "I'm not hugely confident at the moment and the Olympics were difficult for me to cope with mentally."
Clarey had thought about retirement after the Sochi Games, where he didn't finish the downhill and was 19th in super-G.
"This changes my ideas a little bit from a psychological point of view," he said. "Even though my knee's still pretty banged up."
Despite already having an Olympic gold medal, the 23-year-old Mayer clinched his first career podium in World Cup downhill and only his third overall.
"I had a lot of things to do, with celebrating the Olympic victory back home. I hadn't much time for me to be prepared," Mayer said. "I can be happy with this result. It's very difficult to be fast here, with the soft snow it's not the best conditions."
Ganong finished fifth in the downhill at the Sochi Olympics.
"I really thought I could (win), so I pushed a little harder and had a couple mistakes. I was able to make up a lot of time on the bottom and salvage fourth place," he said. "It's really fun skiing right now. I'm having a good time and the results are coming."
Olympic super-G champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who tied for the win Friday with Austrian Georg Streitberger, placed fifth.
"I made a couple of mistakes which I didn't think I would make," Jansrud said. "Fell on my inside ski a couple of times, I had to support myself on my hand."
Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was tied for sixth with Switzerland's Silvan Zurbriggen.
Women's event in Switzerland cancelled
The women's World Cup downhill race in Crans Montana has been cancelled because of bad weather.
Overnight snow and thick fog had already seen the start time put back several times on Saturday and race organizers decided to cancel it at 1330 local time (1230 GMT).
The second training session was cancelled on Friday due to fresh snow and soft conditions on the lower sections of the slope.
Good weather is forecast for Sunday's super-combined.
A meeting later Saturday will decide whether the downhill part of the super-combined will also be counted for the cancelled downhill race.
It is the first downhill after the Olympics and the last before the World Cup finals.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch is the overall World Cup leader, 75 points ahead of Tina Weirather, who is out for the season.