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Janyk continues strong slalom season with 10th in World Cup

Whistler's Michael Janyk picked up a 10th place finish in the last men's slalom race before the Winter Games.

Whistler native looking for consistency to make him a home-hill contender

Two consistent runs.

That's how far Michael Janyk is away from making some surprising and serious noise in the men's slalom at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, a few weeks from now.

The Whistler native, who will then be skiing on his home course, picked up a 10th place finish Sunday, at the final World Cup event before the Games.

But it was a fourth in the first of the two runs at Kranjska Gora, Slovakia that again had the technical skier intrigued.

"I'm happy with my race," he said afterwards, "but I'm looking to have two great runs in the same day.

"I will take today as what it is. January was a great month for me as I was consistent through most of my races … but I just need to have two great runs, then I'll be satisfied."

Reinfried Herbst led an Austrian 1-2 finish with his second win in six days, completing the course in a combined one minute, 45.35 seconds to beat Marcel Hirscher by .40 seconds.

"It went really well," Herbst said. "I am very proud about my second run as conditions were very difficult."

Hirscher was actually all the way back in 15th after the first run before switching skis and tactics.

"I went back to my old boots and skis. My second run was very good," he said.

Julien Lizeroux, of France, was third on the day.

Other Canadians included Ryan Semple, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., who was 21st after the first run but did not finish the second.

Brad Spence of Calgary did not qualify for the second run, while Julien Cousineau, Trevor White, Patrick Biggs and Paul Stutz did not finish the first run.

As for Janyk, Sunday was his fifth top-10 finish of a strong season and he's currently ranked 10th overall in the World Cup standings. He's well within reach of seventh, where he finished overall in 2007.