Hudec second in super-G race
By QMI Agency
|Jan Hudec reacts in the finish area during the men's World Cup Super G race in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)
CRANS-MONTANA, SWITZERLAND - Jan Hudec secured his first career super-G World Cup top-three finish with a second place result in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Friday.
It was Canada's fifth podium in as many races as Hudec took full advantage of an early start position in warm conditions and soft snow to lay down a lightning-fast time that only Swiss superstar Didier Cuche was able to overcome.
The 30-year-old from Calgary started sixth and took an aggressive line and attacked the course to claim his fourth career World Cup podium and his second this season following his victory in the downhill in Chamonix, France, on Feb. 4.
Fellow teammate Erik Guay, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was 13th, while Jeffrey Frisch, also of Mont-Tremblant, earned his first top-30 World Cup result since 2009 with a 23rd-place finish.
"Thank goodness. I'm glad I finally got one in super-G," said Hudec, who clocked a time of one minute, 33.27 seconds. "It was a little bit bumpy when I went down but it really deteriorated for the other guys. It was like plus-10 on the hill.
"The streak is pretty awesome. We just need to keep the momentum going. The other guys who have been part of the streak are really disappointed today but Erik definitely knows he can be in there. I think he will be out to get one tomorrow."
Hudec crossed the line with a lead of 0.46 seconds and for a while it looked like it would be enough to claim the win. But Cuche laid down a superb run of 1:33.11 to take the lead. Austria's Benjamin Raich, who came down right after Cuche, finished third in 1:33.32.
"I had a feeling it wasn't enough," said Hudec, who is now ranked fourth in the world in super-G. "I was a little bit conservative at the bottom and I know that left a window open for someone else. No one was really close to me at the top but if anyone can sneak in there, it's Cuche."
Dustin Cook, of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., was 35th, while Louis-Pierre Helie, of Berthierville, Que., was 45th and Ben Thomsen, of Invermere, B.C., finished 47th.