Guay looks forward to German World Cup races

Canada's Erik Guay reacts after the second practice run for the famous Hahnenkamm men's Alpine...

Canada's Erik Guay reacts after the second practice run for the famous Hahnenkamm men's Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race at the Streif skiing track in Kitzbuehel Jan. 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

If Erik Guay performs like he practises, things should be looking up this weekend.

There’s something about the course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, that just seems to suit the Alpine skier.

Guay, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., finished seventh in training Thursday ahead of Saturday’s World Cup downhill.

The hill has been good to Guay. Last February, he won the downhill world championship there, and it was the place he captured the Crystal Globe in 2010.

Four of Guay’s Canadian-record 15 podium finishes have come in Garmisch.

“You are motivated to be there because you know it’s a good place for you,” Guay said Thursday via conference call.

“You get into that frame of mind.

“It’s not a hill that should typically suit me that well. I just feel at ease here I guess.”

This is supposed to be a building year for Guay as he deals with a chronic back problem.

Considering the 30-year-old was just hoping to compete and get through the season healthy, two top-10 finishes in dowhill and two in Super-G are good news.

“I said from the beginning I wasn’t looking for too much out of this season,” Guay said.


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