February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Bronze Medal
Sun Media

Spearheading Alpine Canada's rebuilding process, Erik Guay may pose the team's biggest threat to medal in Turin.

Defying his age and the fact that he missed a large part of last season with a knee injury, Guay is a threat to medal in both the downhill and Super G. With two Super G silvers and a downhill bronze, accounting for almost half of his team's World Cup medals so far this season, Guay is showing no ill effects from his time off.

However, Alpine Canada president Ken Read cautions that few skiers have success at their first Olympic Games.

"It has been proven you generally have to have an Olympics under your belt to be competitive," said Read, whose team is coming off a record number of World Cup points.

"Guay has never skied on the Olympic course (in Sestriere) so he's starting from ground zero and has to make up for that."

Notoriously fast in training runs, the kid who broke through two years ago at Lake Louise is still working on his race day consistency.

Still, the Montreal-born skier, ranked in the top-5 in the Super-G, feels he's every bit as capable of standing on the Olympic podium as anyone in the world.

Event schedule

Sun., Feb. 12

Downhill

Tues., Feb. 14

Combined

Sat., Feb. 18

Super-G

Mon., Feb. 20

Giant Slalom

Sat., Feb 25

Slalom

Previous Games

Guay will make his Olympic debut in Turin.