Calgary, Alta. (February 8, 2017) – It was a great day for Canada in St. Moritz (SUI) with Erik Guay landing the 2017 super-G World Champion title and Manuel Osborne-Paradis taking home bronze. This is the first time in history two Canadian men have stood on the World Championship podium. For 35-year-old Guay, this is his second World Championship victory and first super-G World Championship title.
Guay came down wearing bib 14 and lit up the TV board with green intervals all the way down.
"It's incredible. I'm as happy as can be," said Guay, putting his win down to "forgetting about everything and having a fun race."
On his 33rd birthday, the North Vancouver, B.C., native claimed his first career championship medal, trailing Guay by 0.51, and was serenaded by a finish-area crowd singing for him. Wearing bib 26, after a course report from teammate Guay in the leaderbox, Osborne-Paradis skied to a bronze medal.
"I got pretty fired up because of Erik," said Osborne-Paradis, who returned to form three months after becoming a father. "It was more intense having a kid, I can tell you. You can't unsee those things."
The men will race a downhill on Saturday hunting for more hardware as the World Championships continue!
With files from Canadian Press.
Canadian men’s results
1– Erik Guay
3 – Manuel Osborne-Paradis
DNF - Dustin Cook