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Calgary's Jan Hudec competed in his first Canadian championship in 1998 and has one second- and three third-place finishes. ((Cornelius Poppe/Associated Press) )

Calgary's Jan Hudec ended his long wait for a first national title by winning the men's giant slalom at the GMC Canadian Championships on Tuesday.

Hudec edged teammate Brad Spence with a two-run combined time of two minutes 19.94 seconds.

Hudec competed in his first Canadian championship in 1998 and has one second- and three third-place finishes, one of which came in the super-G on Sunday.

"That's shocking," said Hudec, when informed he had just won his first national title. "I've been around for so long I honestly thought I had won one. But I guess it's hard to win when you are injured. It's nice to be healthy again."

Hudec, who has come back from multiple knee surgeries, was fastest after the first run and went into the second one trying to protect a lead of just over 0.70 seconds.

"I knew I had a bit to play with but I didn't want to just go easy, so I went out charging," said Hudec. "I had a brutally rough run and I was all over the place, getting knocked around. I was just trying to survive. It ended up being me on top but it could have gone either way."