Road To The Olympic Games

Alpine Skiing

Canada's Erik Guay wins super-G world title, Osborne-Paradis takes bronze

Erik Guay won the men's super-G race at the alpine skiing world championships on Wednesday and Manuel Osborne-Paradis captured bronze as the veteran Canadians upset the favoured Norwegians.

Canadians upset favoured Norwegians

The 35-year-old Montreal native captured his first victory in almost three years on Wednesday, finishing first overall in Switzerland. 1:55

Erik Guay won the men's super-G title at the alpine skiing world championships on Wednesday and Manuel Osborne-Paradis took bronze as the veteran Canadians outduelled the favoured Norwegians.

The 35-year-old Guay, from Montreal, earned his first victory in almost three years, beating Olympic super-G champion Kjetil Jansrud by 0.45 seconds in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Norway seemed sure to also take bronze in an event it dominates, but the late-starting Osborne-Paradis edged World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde off the podium.

On his 33rd birthday, the North Vancouver, B.C., native claimed his first career championship medal, trailing Guay by 0.51, and was serenaded by a finish-area crowd singing for him.

The North Vancouver, B.C., native claimed his first career championship medal on Wednesday, finishing third in St. Moritz, Switzerland. 2:23

The only other Canadian in the race, Dustin Cook, failed to finish.

Guay added super-G gold to his downhill title from the 2011 worlds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Last month, Guay crashed in a treacherous downhill at the German course but avoided injury.

"It's incredible. I'm as happy as can be," said Guay, putting his win down to "forgetting about everything and having a fun race."

It was certainly that on a course with several jumps that launched racers in the air and tested their balance and ability to improvise through an unfamiliar gate-setting.

The 35-year-old Guay had some fun after the race, filming himself stepping on the podium and posting the clip to Instagram. 

Though Norway's men won five of the past seven Olympic titles in super-G, the nation's winless streak at the worlds was extended to nine.

Jansrud and Kilde were 1-2 in the leader's box, separated by just 0.09 after Kilde's wild ride down the final slope, and celebrated by bumping fists in the finish area.

At that moment, Guay was about to start wearing bib No. 14 and put down a clean run that led Jansrud at every time check.

Though it has been seven years since Guay won a season-long World Cup title in super-G, his third place in December in Val Gardena, Italy, hinted at his potential. He also placed third in St. Moritz in a World Cup downhill last year.

Osborne-Paradis has not finished on a World Cup podium in almost two years. Wearing start bib No. 26, outside the top-ranked group, he returned to form three months after becoming a father.

With files from CBC Sports

Broadcast Partners

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.