February 13, 2006
Guay out of two races
ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

SESTRIERE, Italy -- Erik Guay isn't ready to give up on these Olympics just yet, but the leg injury that forced him out of yesterday's downhill also will keep him out of today's giant slalom race.

The 24-year-old Montreal resident said yesterday the fibula ailment he has been hampered with the past several weeks gave him no choice but to opt out.

"I think I'm going to exit the giant slalom now and concentrate on the Super-G," said Guay, Canada's top hope for a men's alpine skiing medal.

"Right now we're doing a lot of physiotherapy and pretty much everything I can for it. I don't really feel it when I walk around or do weights. It's only when I ski.

"I'm going to wait until Thursday and I'm going to go skiing to see how it feels.

"Friday I'll be a little more aggressive and do some gates and Saturday do the race hopefully. After that I'm planning to go home and get ready for the (World Cup) finals because I still have a shot at top three in GS."

Guay watched from the finish area as all three of his young downhill teammates put in top-30 finishes yesterday while France's Antoine Deneriaz won in dramatic fashion.

"I'm a little bummed I can't race," said Guay, who won three World Cup medals in December.