Guay leads Canadian medal hopes at alpine worlds
A battered Canadian alpine team will send 15 skiers to next week's world championships in Germany, led by defending World Cup men's super-G champion Erik Guay and women's World Cup veteran Britt Janyk.
Injuries have robbed Canada of some of its leading skiers for the Feb. 8-20 meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, including reigning downhill world champion John Kucera, who has missed the entire season while recovering from a knee injury suffered in November 2009.
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Manny Osborne-Paradis — who, along with Guay, was one of Canada's best hopes for a medal in the speed events — was lost for the season last weekend when he suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and broke his fibula during a World Cup downhill in Chamonix, France.
On the women's side, Kelly VanderBeek and Larisa Yurkiw are still out after having knee surgery as the result of crashes in late 2009.
Hoping to make up for those absences are several young Canadians who will make their world championship debuts, including Ben Thomsen, 23, and Marie-Pier Prefontaine, 22.
"We have a strong team with lots of experience and we also have young, up-and-coming athletes," Alpine Canada athletic director Patrick Riml said in Thursday's release announcing the team.
Guay looks to be the country's best hope for a world championship medal. He's the only Canadian to reach a World Cup podium this season, finishing third in the super-G at Val Gardena, Italy in December.
Guay has enjoyed success at Garmisch, where he's earned four World cup podium finishes in the past four years, including two wins.
Michael Janyk — Britt's younger brother — is a medal threat in the men's slalom. He won bronze at the 2009 worlds in Val d'Isere, France, and finished fourth in the World Cup at Wengen, Switzerland, last month.
"We like this hill and we are looking forward to it," Janyk said.
The full Canadian roster:
- Julien Cousineau (Lachute, Que.)
- Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, Que.)
- Jan Hudec (Calgary, Alta.)
- Michael Janyk (Whistler, B.C.)
- Jean-Philippe Roy (Ste-Flavie, Que. / Gatineau, Que.)
- Brad Spence (Calgary, Alta.)
- Ben Thomsen (Invermere, B.C.)
- Trevor White (Calgary, Alta.)
- Anna Goodman (Pointe-Claire, Que.)
- Britt Janyk (Whistler, B.C.)
- Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, Que.)
- Erin Mielzynski (Guelph, Ont.)
- Brittany Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, Que.)
- Marie-Pier Préfontaine (Saint-Sauveur, Que.)
- Ève Routhier (Sherbrooke, Que.)