Dixon dreaming of Olympic glory at home

SHAWN SLAGHT

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- Whistler's Robbie Dixon has opened eyes this weekend after finishing eighth in the downhill yesterday and putting up the fastest time in Wednesday's training run.

The 24-year-old is hitting his stride at the right time as he could be battling for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team and the chance to represent his country at his home track in Whistler.

After coming in with the fastest time Wednesday, Dixon had troubles during Friday's training run, as he had the 51st fastest time.

"My first one was really great, but Friday, I made a few mistakes," said Dixon.

He rebounded from the bad training run to hold the lead Saturday after seven skiers, sending the Canadian crowd into a frenzy.

"Well, my hearing isn't that great," he laughed. "When

I crossed the finish line and saw hands in the air and the time, seeing No. 1 next to my name was really good."

Having success at Lake Louise has become a huge accomplishment for Dixon. Although he has done well in the downhill, he has struggled here in the super G discipline.

"This is probably one of my least favourite tracks, so hopefully I can do well here," Dixon said. "I have my friends and family here for support and giving me positive energy towards this race."

After a strong summer of training, Dixon said getting off to a good start to the season and carrying that momentum would be key, especially when it comes to the super G.

"I have struggled here in the past," Dixon said after yesterday's downhill, where he finished eighth. "I am just trying to carry out the confidence from today and take the same approach for tomorrow."

Even his success has caught the eyes of season veterans like Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay. Both felt Dixon is on the verge of finding his first podium.

"I look at some of the younger guys like Robbie Dixon. I think he is one to watch for this weekend," Guay said. "He is skiing amazing right now, his confidence is high and he is comfortable on his skis."

Dixon is coming off one of his best seasons on the World Cup stage. He finished 20th in the downhill last year and had two top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Kvitfjell, Norway.

"A top-12 would be nice to start off, and then I'd have nothing to worry about for the rest of the year," Dixon said.

"I can just keep carrying on with these results."

He captured his first GMC Canadian Championship last season in the super G, and his best result was a fourth in Kvitfjell in the super G.

The Olympic alpine ski team will be announced in February, with the alpine skiing speed events taking place Feb. 13-20.


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