Ready for Guay old time

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Canadian ski racer Erik Guay doesn't hold back when he's asked about his Austrian competitors.

Guay, who's expected to become a thorn in the side of the Austrian juggernaut in the near future, told the Sun yesterday training with the world's best ski racers doesn't always have its benefits.

"No, they're not friendly," said Guay yesterday at a press conference introducing the 2007-08 Canadian Alpine ski team. "They're civil to you and some of the younger guys you can hang out with. It must be tough because they're such a big team, so they don't need to interact with the other nations but they're not the most social guys."

With the likes of Hermann Maier, Benjamin Raich and a wealth of other ski racing talent, the Austrians will no doubt again be the favourites heading into the Winterstart World Cup at Lake Louise, which sees the men race Nov. 25-26 and the women Dec. 1-3.

And as the only Canadian to ever step on the podium on the home-hill at Lake Louise, the pressure for Guay to get gold is mounting.

However, if the 25-year-old downhiller was nervous, he's definitely not showing it.

"For myself, winning a race is priority because I still haven't done that," he said

"Also, making it through a season healthy because last year I was second in super-G before my injury."

Some new faces donned Canadian silks yesterday but, for the most part, the alpine team from last season is still intact.

On the men's side, Banff's Jan Hudec and Quebecer Francois Bourque remain as World Cup medal hopefuls.

As for the women, Fernie, B.C., native Emily Brydon and Calgary's Sherry Lawrence will lead a rebuilding ladies squad.


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