Guay reaches podium again at Val Gardena

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:12 PM ET

Canadian Erik Guay was charged up at the start and pumped up at the finish.

The starry skier from Mont-Tremblant, Que., earned the 14th World Cup podium of his career -- tying Canadian race legend Ken Read -- as he grabbed third place Friday in the super-G at Val Gardena, Italy.

Guay crossed the finish line with a time of one minute 35.16, placing behind Austrian Michael Walchhofer at 1:34.35 and German Stephan Keppler at 1:35.02.

"I charged hard out of the start gate," Guay said.

"I made a small mistake on the top section when I went for the outside gate and that probably cost me four or five tenths, but besides that I was able to ski very well on the bottom. 

"I'm feeling really good. I'm pumped to be back on the podium at Val Gardena, it has been quite a few years."

It was Guay's third podium at Val Gardena, the other two top-threes coming in 2005. 

Six other Canadians also took part in the super G: Manuel Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver, B.C., was 15th with a time of 1:36.32; Francois Bourque of L'Ange-Gardien, Que., 19th in 1:36.62; Jan Hudec of Calgary, 41st in 1:37.98; Louis-Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., 46th in 1:38.34; Benjamin Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., 51st in 1:39.02; and Robbie Dixon of Whistler, B.C., who missed a gate and didn't finish.

Meanwhile, Walchhofer didn't dwell in the victory spotlight for too long. He already was looking ahead to Saturday's downhill race.

The 35-year-old, racing in his last World Cup season, could strike again in the downhill which more so suits his qualities.

"It was an ideal course for me, very fast and I tackled the end of the technical part perfectly which made the difference," Walchhofer, 35, told Reuters.

"Tomorrow is another day but it's a course that suits me. I owe these victories this season to my serenity. After my victory in Lake Louise, I don't have any pressure. Everything else is bonus."

Walchhofer won first downhill of the season in Lake Louise on Nov. 27.

American Bode Miller finished in 16th place on Friday.


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