Canada's Guay rips Own the Podium

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER, B.C. - Criticism of the Canadian alpine ski team continued Tuesday with a few shots from one of their own.

Erik Guay, who had been the most successful Canadian performer here, questioned the manner in which money from the Own the Podium program was spent.

“For a skier to get better it is simple,” Guay said after finishing 16th in the giant slalom event at Whistler Creekside. “All he has to do is ski.”

The Own the Podium program had given more than $10 million to Alpine Canada over the past five years, with the primary goal of creating medal possibilities here.

Guay was the only Canadian to get a sniff at the podium, finishing fifth in both the men’s downhill and super-G.

“If I had the final word on what to do with that stuff, I would have allocated it a little differently,” Guay said. “Having some input from athletes would be a good thing.”

The Own the Podium program has been sharply criticized by other countries for denying foreign athletes training opportunities at Whistler prior to the Games, including the Whistler Creekside alpine course.

rob.longley@sunmedia.ca.

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