No Canadian medals in men's Super-G
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
WHISTLER, B.C. — Forget Own the Podium for the host country, Aksel Svindal is going to leave these Olympics owning Whistler Mountain.
The Norwegian skier, who was denied access to the slopes here when he came over for a training trip with the Canadian men’s team last spring, is leaving with gold and silver medals.
Attacking the Super-G course at Whister Creekside Friday morning, Svindal, who won silver in the men’s downhill earlier in the week, won gold in a time of 1:30.34.
American Bode Miller, who won bronze in the downhill was second .28 behind followed by another American, Andrew Weibrecht, who was just another .03 behind.
Erik Guay was the top Canadian in fifth place just .03 away from the podium but he was the country’s final legitimate shot at an alpine medal in these Games. Highly-touted Manuel Osborne-Paradis crashed off the course just 30 seconds into the run.
The Canadian shutout combined with the dominance of Svindal and American skiers is another embarrassment for Canadian officials who were hopeful the home-slope advantage would pay off.
Svindal, who was injured and couldn’t compete at Whistler’s World Cup event, had reached an agreement with the men’s alpine team to ski the course and travelled here on his own only to be turned away by officials he believed were involved with Canada’s Own The Podium program.
With brilliant sunshine the past few days, the conditions have been excellent for fans but posed some concern for the race, especially for events that started later. Officials “injected” the course overnight meaning water was pumped in below the surface to help it freeze on top.