Janyk ready for her big weekend

SHAWN SLAUGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE — Whistler’s Britt Janyk knows that American Lindsey Vonn will be the one to beat going into this weekend’s World Cup downhill skiing event at Lake Louise.

Vonn is a five-time winner of the downhill at Lake Louise, but Whistler’s Janyk feels it isn’t too late to knock her off the top of the podium.

“It means that it is time of a change,” a confident Janyk said. “She is definitely strong on this hill and it will be a challenge.”

Janyk was unable to crack the top-10 last year at Lake Louise. Her best finishes were a pair of third-places in downhill and Super-G in 2007.

Vonn has been hot on the slopes of Lake Louise, though, and Janyk wants to be the one to catch her. Along with the five wins in Alberta, Vonn also has two second-place finishes and a third-place finish.

“She has a lot of confidence right now, and a lot of confidence on this hill,” she said. “I hope she has a great weekend and great races because when you beat her it will feel that much better.”

Janyk has been showing improvements through her training runs. She cracked the top-10 with a seventh-place finish and was the top Canadian in the final training run Thursday with a time of one minute, 51.76 seconds. She also finished 20th and 11th, respectively, in the first and second training runs.

“I think that the track is a little faster,” she said . “But it doesn’t feel faster.

“I think we are so tuned into our skis and it is the third training run where everyone is just pushing the line. For me (Friday), I try not to think about the line and just try to simulate a race run.”

She feels that right now the ladies national team has gotten off to a slow start, but they will challenge for the podium once the weekend hits.

“We are skiing well. I feel like we can put it together and we can be faster,” she said.

Janyk, an 11-time GMC Pontiac Canadian champion, is two-years removed from her best year on the World Cup circuit in 2007-2008. She finished third overall in the downhill that season and picked up her first World Cup win in Aspen.

The only thing missing from Janyk’s resume is an Olympic start. She is hoping to be named to the 2010 Olympic squad.

Currently, the only national team members with Olympic experience in the speed events are Emily Brydon of Fernie, B.C., and Shona Rubens of Canmore, Alta.

Janyk is the older sister of three-time Canadian champion skier Michael Janyk, who is preparing of the slalom season.


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