Guay pans plan to ice the super-G

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

If World Cup race director Guenther Hujara has his way there will be one less alpine skiing discipline at the 2010 Games in Whistler.

Hujara said earlier this week that in an effort to "clean up" the World Cup schedule and stop skiers from complaining about hectic travel, the International Ski Federation (FIS) is contemplating the removal of the super-G.

The idea first sprung from a special committee at the world championships last month and will present its proposal to FIS council in May. If passed, the first opportunity to exclude the event would be 2008-09 as next season's race calendar has been tentatively set, including men's and women's super-G races at Lake Louise.

If dropped by the World Cup circuit, it would no longer be included in the Olympics.

"I think that's a stupid idea -- it's a great discipline that combines aspects of both downhill and technical races," said Canada's Erik Guay, who finished third at the season-ending super-G yesterday in Switzerland. "I've talked to other guys on the circuit and they're pretty (upset) about it."

Hujara says half the people he's talked to disagree with Guay.

Alpine Canada CEO Ken Read isn't thrilled by the talk.

"It's hard to know if it's a trial balloon or there's serious intent," said Read, pointing out the issue hasn't been discussed at any executive level.

"It doesn't make any sense. If the calendar is too jammed there's better ways to make it more efficient and concise."

The move could be a blow to a young Canadian team that just set a record with 14 podium finishes, which included four in super-G. Calgary's John Kucera had two of them, including a win at Lake Louise.

The super-G was added to the World Cup circuit in 1982.


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