February 7, 2013
Erik Guay gets fourth in first downhill run
By QMI Agency
Canadian skier Erik Guay is off a fine start after finishing fourth in the first men’s downhill training run Thursday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.
The Mont Tremblant, Que. native had a time of two minutes, 3.89 seconds. Jan Hudec, of Calgary, Alta., was 23rd in 2:05.07, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, of Vancouver, B.C., was 27th in 2:05.14 and Ben Thomsen, of Invermere, B.C., was 33rd in 2:05.84.
“I skied well on the top and on the bottom I took my foot off the gas a little,” Guay said. “It’s definitely a challenging course. It’s a fun course and there’s lots of terrain to it. I think the snow got a lot better overnight.
“The important part for me is going to be the bottom section. It’s how much I can push the line, what I can get away with and how much courage I can find to really push it.”
Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont. finished 33rd in the women’s training run with a time of 1:56.57.