Paradis found at Lake Louise

SHAWN SLAGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- Manuel Osborne-Paradis was simply super on a stage on which he's not known to be strong.

The Vancouver skier made up for Saturday's disappointing downhill run by winning yesterday's World Cup super G race at Lake Louise.

This was Osborne-Paradis' seventh career podium finish. He placed ahead of second-place finisher Benjamin Raich of Austria by 0.24 seconds and Michael Walchhofer of Austria in third place by 0.62 seconds.

"I have said over and over again that a top-10 (finish) in the World Cup is good," said the 25-year-old Osborne-Paradis.

"On the guy side, in any given weather and any given little bump, a top-10 is good. The best guys are always top 10."

Osborne-Paradis has been known more for his success as a downhill skier, but with the victory in yesterday's super G, he is starting to show he is becoming a well-rounded ski racer.

"For those who have been on the team, we have seen a great improvement," said Canadian teammate Erik Guay.

Canadian skiers had a strong showing in the super G event, with three skiers making it into the top-10. Guay just missed the podium himself, finishing in fourth place -- 0.13 seconds back of Walchhofer in third.

Whistler, B.C.'s Robbie Dixon placed fifth.

"The worst thing is when the whole team is training together, you are close time-wise, and every time, it is a different winner," Osborne-Paradis said. "Then, when you get to a race, there is one guy that does well."

Osborne-Paradis was the seventh skier out of the gate and blew away the field.

He got off to a great start but slowed mid-course and was just 0.13 seconds ahead of then-leader Ted Ligety of the U.S.

But the Canadian picked up the pace on the bottom section of the course, as he was 0.71 and 0.94 seconds ahead of Ligety through the final two speed traps.

Guay also had an early start position in 13th and used it to his advantage. Like Osborne-Paradis, he was quick out of the gate but slowed near the bottom. He was in third place until he was knocked off the podium by Walchhofer eight skiers later.

Guay knew he had to get off to a great start going into the fall away section. Further down the course, though, he said he could feel he was holding back and could have skied more aggressively.

"I have been working on my technique a lot," Guay said.

"I think the confidence is coming with it every time I make a small step forward," Guay continued. "It doesn't mean that I'm over the hump, but at the moment, it is heading in the right direction."

Other Canadians included in the field were Francois Bourque of New Richmond, Que., in 27th place, Jan Hudec of Calgary in 29th and Louis-Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., in 34th.

Calgary's John Kucera did not finish after suffering an on-course crash and being airlifted off the mountain with a fractured tibia.

CAL-SPORTS@SUNMEDIA.CA


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