Day 9 Preview: Sibling rivalry heats up

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — Hot chocolate is on the line in the sibling rivalry between alpine skiers Britt Janyk and Michael Janyk.

They wouldn’t have to go far to get a homemade mug — their parents live just off the Olympic downhill run — but the drinks are on whoever finishes second between the brother-sister combo at Whistler Creekside.

Britt, 29, will have a chance today to get closer to that beverage, not to mention an Olympic medal, in the women’s giant slalom. She was sixth in the women’s downhill Wednesday.

Four years ago she had to pay her own costs -- about $15,000 -- to stay on the team. Her results qualified her for reimbursement and she said the investment made her a better athlete.

“There’s always ups and downs, but that was truly a point that stands out in my career and I really had to fight to get my way back onto the team,” Janyk said. “I came out strong at the other end and I would go back and go through it again because it really helped.”

George Grey of Rossland, B.C. was 26th in 30-kilometre double cross-country skiing in Turin and hopes to improve in the Callaghan Valley.

Two-man bobsledding starts at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Five-time Olympian Pierre Lueders -- a Turin silver medallist and Nagano gold medallist -- and Edmonton Eskimos running back Jesse Lumsden will get the most attention. But Saskatoon’s Lyndon Rush and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown are the hot duo.

Calgarian Veronika Bauer was 10th in women’s freestyle aerials at Salt Lake and fell to 12th in Turin. The Cypress Mountain competition could be her Olympic swan song.

The Kevin Martin rink faces the Scottish curling team, which plays under the Union Jack, at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Stefan Read of Calgary gets another chance at ski jumping’s large hill. Switzerland’s Simon Ammann, a three-time Olympic champion, will go for a fourth gold medal. This time Ammann will start the day wearing curved bindings that were approved by officials after an Austrian protest.

Speed skating resumes at the Richmond Olympic Oval, where part-time Richmond, B.C. resident Denny Morrison and Regina native Lucas Makowsky will race the 1,500 m.

In short track speed skating, Montreal brothers Charles and Francois Hamelin are vying for medals in the 1,000 m.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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