Guay wins World Cup super-G title
Erik Guay became the first Canadian men's skier in 28 years to win a World Cup discipline title after a super-G victory on Thursday in Germany.
Guay came out on top at Garmisch-Partenkirchen for his second super-G victory in five days. The Mont-Tremblant, Que., native crossed the line in one minute 26.36 seconds on the 2,200-metre Kandahar course.
With victories in the last two super-G races of the season, Guay vaulted from well back in the standings and into the top spot with 341 points.
"I am completely ecstatic," said Guay. "Coming into today I knew that I had an outside shot at winning the [crystal] globe but I knew that I was going to need to take some chances to win. And it feels absolutely amazing."
The 28-year-old had won the super-G in Kvitfjell, Norway on Sunday, putting him within striking distance at third place.
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The last Canadian man to win a discipline title was Steve Podborski, the 1982 downhill champ.
"I didn't think it would happen today, I was so far behind," said Guay. "But I knew that if I won today, I would have a chance, so I took maximum risks and it paid off. It was wild."
It continues a strong run for Guay that began in somewhat frustrating fashion at the Vancouver Olympics.
While the Canadian alpine team underperformed as a whole, Guay didn't, especially considering he struggled for most of December and January.
He was fifth in both the downhill and the super-G at the Games, finishing 3-100ths of a second off the podium in the latter event.
On Wednesday, he finished third in the downhill at Garmisch.
Manuel Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver was 11th in Thursday's race, finishing 1.38 seconds off the pace.
Guay overtook Ivica Kostelic of Croatia with his run and then had to wait for seven skiers to compete, with only Askel Lund Svindal of Norway providing a challenge.
Kostelic was 29-100ths of a second back, the first of 12 World Cup career podium finishes that has come in the super-G. Svindal was 0.63 seconds back and also finished third in the season super-G standings.
Austrian Michael Walchhofer, who led super-G standings going into the race, finished 15th and ended up second.
Walchhofer finished with 316 points, two ahead of Svindal. He had a 46-point lead over Svindal and was 69 points ahead of Guay before the race.
The next event for the men in the World Cup finals at Garmisch is the giant slalom on Friday.
Carlo Janka of Switzerland, 11th on Thursday, leads the overall World Cup standings with 1,097 points. Austria's Benjamin Raich (sixth in the race) is next with 1,059 points.
Didier Cuche of Switzerland is third in the standings at 997 after a ninth-place finish, but is now just 23 points ahead of Svindal.
With files from The Canadian Press