Guay's skiing resume grows

SHAWN SLAGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

BANFF — Despite skiing with a sore back earlier in the year, Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., is feeling healthy and hoping to snap out of a slump this weekend at the World Cup circuit opener at Lake Louise.

This past summer, Guay struggled with back problems. During Friday’s training run, the 28-year-old said the back was feeling fine. It is the technical aspect of the sport that has his confidence down.

“I missed some ski time this summer but, at the moment, there is no problem at all,” he said. “My back is strong and feeling good.”

Wednesday’s first training run for Guay was disappointing as his battle with confidence showed in placing 43rd. He was feeling better in Friday’s training run with a 22nd place finish.

“I am still struggling a little bit,” said Guay. “It wasn’t a great run, by any means, but some things were a lot better then Wednesday’s run.

“The intensity is a little bit stronger. I still need to find the race feel where I can really push it and attack it, but my confidence isn’t quite there to take those aggressive lines.”

It has been a while since he has seen the podium at home. The last time he climbed one on Canadian soil was at the downhill at Lake Louise in 2003.

Guay is still looking to cement his legacy as a Canadian skier. He picked up his 10th career podium finish by coming in third at Beaver Creek, Colo. That finish put him third all-time in podium finishes among Canadian men.

His skiing resume also includes seven national championships in four different disciplines and the Alpin Canada Alpine Male Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2007.

“Right now, I’m not feeling that comfortable on skis and I really need to find that before I can get my confidence going,” he said.

Despite failing to finish in four World Cup races last season, Guay has placed in the top-10 10 times, missing out only once with a 15th place finish in the downhill at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

In general, Guay said the team is looking confident and would like to get off to a quick start to the World Cup season.

“It is always more fun to get that first one under your belt where you have great results,” said Guay. “For me personally, I’m is a little bit of a rut.”

His lone victory came in 2007 in downhill in Garmish-Patrenkirchen, Germany.


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