Canadian teammates land on podium at Alpine World Ski Championships
An complex scouting file courtesy a fellow countryman helped land Calgary resident Manuel Osborne-Paradis onto the rostrum.
Erik Guay, 35, simply completed his run down the hill right through the super-G World Alpine Ski Championships Wednesday at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Laying down the eventual successful time of one:25.38, he known as again up the hill to Osborne-Paradis to relay intel at the hill.
“He actually phoned me two guys before I went down and gave me a course report,” Osborne-Paradis instructed Global News over the telephone. “I know he was biting his nails a little bit because I was giving him a run for his money until I made a mistake halfway down the hill.”
It was once somewhat the existing for his teammate on his 33rd birthday. Osborne-Paradis completed 3rd, zero.51 seconds at the back of Guay and along with his mom in attendance.
Guay changed into the oldest skier to win an alpine identify.
“It was a huge team effort. When Erik went down, he got me so jazzed and fired up. I was feeling lethargic in the start, but he just got me totally amped up,” Osborne-Paradis stated. “We train together, so when a guy puts down a great run, you know you also can do something like that.”
It has been an extended street again to the rostrum for Osborne-Paradis. He began the season dressed in a bib within the 50s — skiers ranked that low are noticed as longshots to medal. His remaining podium look within the super-G got here again in November 2009.
“It has been a grind this year in the super-G for myself. I haven’t had a good starting number all year,” Osborne-Paradis stated. “Finally in Kitzbuehel, I worked myself up to a good starting number. I had a good start number for this race and pulled something out of it.”
Sandwiched in between the 2 Canucks was once Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, an Olympic champion who completed zero.45 seconds again of Guay.
The robust appearing within the Swiss Alps shall be used as a development block for the 2 veterans, as they eye up some other Olympic revel in at the horizon.
“There were a lot of naysayers that didn’t think I had what it took. The only way to prove people wrong is with results like this,” the brand new dad stated.
This isn’t the primary time the duo shared a place at the podium. Guay snagged silver and Osborne-Paradis introduced house the bronze right through the 2007 World Cup downhill in Val-d’Isere, France.
“That is the best part of this, being able to experience it together. To have another teammate up there — both of us were pretty ecstatic,” Osborne-Paradis stated.
Osborne-Paradis and Guay hope to snowball the momentum into the downhill race that begins Friday.
With interview from Brendan Parker
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