January 23, 2011
Janyk ninth in super-G
By QMI Agency
Canada's Britt Janyk matched her best result of the season with a ninth-place finish in the World Cup women's super-G Sunday at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Janyk, of Whistler, B.C., finished in one minute, 24.42 seconds to lead the Canadian contingent. American Lindsay Vonn won the race in 1:22.64.
The ninth-place finish comes on the heels of a 22nd in super-G and 24th in the downhill earlier in the weekend.
"The coaches and staff really believe in me and they are behind me 100% so it's good to know that I have that," Janyk said. "In the last two days there were a few places where I was missing speed and I watched a lot of video and analyzed where I could be faster. I knew it was something I could fix so I didn't let it get me down.
"It's easy to let the other results go and move forward with the next races."
Marie-Pierre Préfontaine of Saint-Sauveur, Que., was 36th with a time of 1:27.10 while Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, B.C., was among the 17 skiers who didn't finish the race.
Spence skis into top-15
A strong second run allowed Brad Spence of Calgary to finish 14th in the World Cup men's slalom Sunday in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Spence was 29th after the first run but moved up 15 spots by posting the second-best time of the second run. His overall time was one minute, 42.95 seconds, two seconds off the pace set by winner Jean-Baptiste Grange of France.
"I was pretty lucky to stay in the top-30 after the first run, Spence said. "I had a couple of big mistakes. It wasn't a mistake-free second run but I felt I had a good run. It's all looking up.
"I think it's only a matter of time before I put two good runs together."
Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Que., was 15th, Michael Janyk of Whistler 17 and Paul Stutz of Banff, Alta., 25th.
Montgomery tops at 13
Skeleton racer Jon Montgomery of Russell, Man., posted the top Canadian result Sunday at the World Cup event in Winterberg, Germany.
Montgomery, the 2010 Olympic gold medallist, finished 13th in one minute, 56.73 seconds while teammate John Fairbairn of Calgary was 14th. Mike Douglas of Toronto was disqualified.
Latvia's Martins Dukurs won with a time of 1:55.41.
In the men's four-man bobsleigh, Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., piloted the Canada 1 sled to 18th place. Rush finished in 1:52.91, nearly three seconds behind the Germany 1 sled piloted by Manuel Machada.
Christie rebounds in Germany
Jeff Christie of Canada posted his best result of the season with an 11th-place finish at the World Cup luge men's singles event Sunday in Altenberg, Germany.
The nine-year national team veteran from Calgary had a two-run combined time of one minute, 51.671 seconds.
"I really had a poor week of training, but our coach had a good talk with us heading into the race and I was able to relax and things started to click," said Christie, who has traditionally struggled on the Altenberg track. "I haven't liked sliding here and have had some of the worst crashes of my career on this track. But I like it now - funny how quickly things can change."
Felix Loch of Germany won for the fourth time on the World Cup circuit while Armin Zoggeler of Italy and Albert Demchenko of Russia rounded out the podium.
Sam Edney of Calgary finished 20th while Brendan Hauptman of Kimberly, B.C., was 22nd.
More mogul medals
Four Canadians found their way onto the podium at the World Cup moguls event in Lake Placid, N.Y., Sunday.
Mikael Kingsbury of Deux Montagnes, Que., and Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Drummondville, Que., finished second and third, respectively, in the men's event while Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Que., and Kristi Richards of Summerland, B.C., duplicated the feat in the women's moguls.
"I'm so happy and excited about what I did today," Dufour-Lapointe said. "I think it was my big jumps and my fast skiing, the overall package, that helped me do what I had to do today."
Canadians Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., and Cedric Rochon of St. Sauveur, Que., took the fourth and fifth positions. Jenn Heil of Spruce Grove, Alta., was also fourth.
France's Guilbaut Colas solidified his lead in the World Cup overall standings with his second win in two days. In the women's race, Hannah Kearney of the USA also took the top spot for the second day in a row.