Canada’s Guay captures WC super-G
KVITFJELL, Norway – Erik Guay of Canada won a super-G race Sunday for his second career World Cup victory.
Guay edged early leader Hannes Reichelt of Austria on the 1994 Olympic course to win his first race since a downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, three years ago.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on top of the podium,” Guay said. I took a lot of risks and it paid off. … I’ve had a lot of close calls, fourths and fifths and I am going to push hard in the last races next week and see what happens.”
The World Cup season ends next week in Garmisch with final races in four events.
Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Tobias Gruenenfelder of Switzerland tied for third place.
The Americans who took silver and bronze behind Svindal at the super-G at the Vancouver Olympics did not start. Silver medalist Bode Miller skipped the two races in Norway, while bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht dislocated his shoulder in a crash in Saturday’s downhill and will miss the remainder of the season.
Didier Cuche of Switzerland was disqualified. His Swiss teammate and Olympic downhill champion, Didier Defago, lost a ski halfway down the course and crashed.
Reichelt was first out of the starting gate and his time topped the board until Guay came down as No. 18. Guay clocked 1 minute, 31.95 seconds over the 1.6-mile Olympiabakken course to beat Reichelt by 0.02 seconds. Svindal and Gruenenfelder clocked 1:32.26.
Mario Scheiber of Austria was fifth, only 0.01 seconds behind Svindal and Gruenenfelder. Reichelt posted his best result in two years.
Michael Walchhofer of Austria placed sixth and kept his lead in super-G World Cup standings before the final race next week. He now has 300 points, with Svindal second at 254 and Guay third at 231. A win is worth 100 points.
Two Americans who took silver and bronze behind Svindal at the super-G at the Olympics did not start. Silver medalist Bode Miller skipped the two races while bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht dislocated his shoulder in a crash in Saturday’s downhill and will miss the remainder of the season.
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