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Guay waits as Kitzbuehel downhill training cancelled

Canada's Erik Guay will have to wait longer to test his troublesome back after Wednesday's training session on the famed downhill course at Kitzbuehel, Austria, was cancelled due to bad weather.

Canada's Erik Guay will have to wait longer to test his troublesome back after Wednesday's training session on the famed downhill course at Kitzbuehel, Austria, was cancelled due to bad weather.

The defending World Cup super-G champion is hoping to return to competition this week after skipping last week's races in Switzerland due to a recurrence of lower back pain.

Guay, 29, said Tuesday he's still experiencing pain, and wants to see how his back feels in training over the next few days.

"I'm definitely in a good spot. I think I'll be fine," Guay said in a release from Alpine Canada. "I just want to get some good turns in and build some confidence back up."

Hahnenkamm races on CBC

Live coverage of Friday's super-G and Saturday's downhill can be seen on Bold and stating at 5:25 a.m. ET on both days. CBC-TV will replay the downhill at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Sunday's slalom race will be shown live on Bold and, with the opening run set to begin at 4:10 a.m. ET, followed by the second run at 7:30 a.m. ET.

CBC is also carrying the women's downhill Saturday in Italy. Click here for full broadcast details.

Guay sits 12th in the super-G standings, 72 points behind event leader Michael Walchhofer. Guay has just one top-10 finish this season — a third-place showing at Val Gardena, Italy, in December.

Wednesday was slated to be the first chance for downhillers to practise on the notorious Streif course, one of the most challenging in the world. But rain and fog forced organizers to cancel the session in order to prevent further damage to a slope already softened by rain and warm temperatures.

"The course is in a good condition now despite the amount of rain over the weekend," said race chief Peter Obernauer.

A final downhill training is scheduled for Thursday. At least one must be completed before competition can be held.

The 71st edition of Kitzbuehel's Hahnenkamm races begins Friday with a super-G, followed by the marquee downhill event on Saturday.

Calgary's Jan Hudec is also hoping to compete this weekend after fracturing his right hand last week during the downhill at Wengen, Switzerland. Hudec had surgery Sunday in Zurich.

"I actually feel pretty good. The surgery went well," said Hudec, who has a cast on his hand. "I'm skiing well, so it's a matter of being confident."

Robbie Dixon of Whistler, B.C., remains out with a concussion suffered at the end of December.

Riesch tops women's training

Germany's Maria Riesch led the opening training session Wednesday for this weekend's World Cup downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, followed by Olympic silver medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States.

Riesch leads the overall standings by 196 points over American Lindsey Vonn. The friendly rivals will compete in two super-G's and one downhill this weekend.

Vonn was fastest through the first checkpoint of her downhill training run, then coasted the rest of the way and placed 29th, more than four seconds behind Riesch.

Britt Janyk of Whistler, B.C. was the top Canadian, finishing 25th. Georgia Simmerling was 31st, Victoria Stevens 52nd, and Marie-Pier Prefontaine 57th in a field of 60 starters.

With files from The Canadian Press

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