February 7, 2013
Erik Guay gets fourth in first downhill run
By QMI Agency

Erik Guay of Canada skis during the men's Downhill training at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming Feb. 7, 2013. (REUTERS/Ruben Sprich)

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.