Erik Guay places third in Val Gardena downhill

Erik Guay reacts after crossing the finish line of the men's World Cup Downhill race in Val...

Erik Guay reacts after crossing the finish line of the men's World Cup Downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

A downhill victory for Canadian World Cup racer Erik Guay was all but assured on a foggy and snowy Saturday in Val Gardena, Italy.

Unfortunately, the weather cleared up in time for late starters Rok Perko of Slovenia and American Steven Nyman to pass Guay. Nyman went on to win the race in a time of 1 minute 28.82 seconds.

Perko clocked in at 1:29.02 while Guay, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., finished with a time of 1:29.06.

The third place finish earned Guay his 18th podium, two behind Canadian record holder Steve Podborski.

"I'm pumped that from top to bottom I was attacking and skiing well," said Guay in a release. "I did pretty much everything I had to do. I definitely feel like I was one of the better skiers out there today. I had a little bit tougher conditions but (the late starters) took advantage of their start position well."

The start of Saturday's race was delayed and then interrupted several times as course workers and racers grappled with snow and fog.

Fellow Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis also had a top 10 finish, placing seventh behind Norway's Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, and Italy's Werner Heel.

"I knew I had a shot," said Osborne-Paradis, who clocked a time of 1:29.36. "I know how to ski this course. I knew what I had to do to win. It's a bummer I caught an edge. It cost me the race, for sure.

Jan Hudec, of Calgary, was one of the early starters and he finished 35th with a time of 1:30.62. Fellow Calgarian John Kucera was 42nd, Ben Thomsen, of Invermere, B.C., was 49th, Dustin Cook, of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., was 53rd and Conrad Pridy, of Whistler, B.C., was 59th.

World Cup Val Gardena men's downhill results

Results from the World Cup Val Gardena Men's Downhill on Saturday:

1. Steven Nyman (U.S.) 1:28.82

2. Rok Perko (Slovenia) 1:29.01

3. Erik Guay (Canada) 1:29.06

4. Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) 1:29.22

5. Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) 1:29.27

6. Werner Heel (Italy) 1:29.32

7. Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Canada) 1:29.36

8. Marvin van Heek (Netherlands) 1:29.41

9. Silvano Varettoni (Italy) 1:29.50

10. Travis Ganong (U.S.) 1:29.55

10. Brice Roger (France) 1:29.55

12. Johan Clarey (France) 1:29.57

13. Joachim Puchner (Austria) 1:29.62

14. Georg Streitberger (Austria) 1:29.65

15. Dominik Paris (Italy) 1:29.67

16. Alexandre Bouillot (France) 1:29.68

17. Andrej Sporn (Slovenia) 1:29.77

18. Marco Sullivan (U.S.) 1:29.79

19. Matthias Mayer (Austria) 1:29.85

20. Adrien Theaux (France) 1:29.90


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