In a result that surprised even him, Canada’s Erik Guay won today’s Men’s World Cup Super-G race. He beat out Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, second and third respectively.
Did Erik expect this win? “Absolutely not”, he said. “I thought about it a lot though and I knew I had a small chance. I had no pressure on me at all, all I had to do was go very hard”.
This was 28-year-old Erik’s third World Cup win of his career. His finishing time of 1:26.36 was just enough to edge out Kostelic (1:26.39) and Svindal (1:26.63). It was also enough to give him the Super-G Crystal Globe as the overall winner in the discipline for the season.
“I love it here”, he continued. “The course is great and I hope I can learn some German by next February”.
Overall World Cup leader Carlo Janka finished 11th in this race. His stiffest rival, Benjamin Raich, finished sixth—not earning enough points to take the top spot from Janka. “Tomorrow (Friday) is a new race, an open race, we will both try and get some more points,” said Janka.
Added Raich, “I knew it would be a hard nut to crack (to take the lead), but I just did my best, I can’t do more than that. If you give everything and it’s not enough you just have to tell yourself you did your best. I didn’t expect him (Janka) to win (the downhill on Wednesday), that was quite a surprise. I now have to do my best over the next two days.”