Travis Ganong was 14th in Wednesday’s super G at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 8, 2017) – Canada’s Erik Guay became the oldest World Champion in alpine skiing history, winning the men’s super G Wednesday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American in 14th.
For Guay - the 35-year-old veteran of the Canadian Ski Team and one of only three athletes competing at these World Championships who also competed in the 2003 World Championships in St. Moritz - this victory was made even more special by sharing the podium with his teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who finished third. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was second. Wednesday’s race was the first time that two Canadian men have finished on the podium in World Championship history.
Canada’s Erik Guay celebrates his super G victory at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Wednesday in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Getty Images- Julian Finney)
“I’m happy to be healthy; happy to be here,” said Guay, who took an acrobatic, hard fall at last week’s downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. “It’s absolutely incredible, and the only thing that can make a victory better is to share it with friends.”
Travis Ganong finished 14th in the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super G Wednesday. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alain Grosclaude)
Guay, who started bib 14, Jansrud with bib 9 and Osborne-Paradis bib 26 enjoyed a slight advantage of watching earlier racers tackle the fast, technical and challenging course.
“When you go early like that, you don’t really know how the course is going to run. You don’t get the course reports,” said Ganong, who started bib 4. “It was an open, fast set. The jumps were actually bigger than the downhill training yesterday. It was a really tricky set, really fast speeds, and it’s a World Championship event, so everybody is pushing super hard.”
Starting early, though, Ganong did provide crucial course information for his teammates, including Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT), who finished 28th, and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY), who posted top-five times at the first three intermediate splits before leaning in and booting out on a tough left-footer, and not finishing.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle finished 28th in the super G in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
Wednesday’s race came at the one-year mark away from the first day of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships continue Friday with the women’s alpine combined, followed by men’s downhill Saturday and women’s downhill Sunday. All events are streamed live on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Canada’s Erik Guay won the men’s super G, his second World Championship medal (gold, downhill 2011). At 35 years old, Guay became the oldest winner in Alpine World Ski Championships history.
Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada, who celebrated his 33rd birthday Wednesday, was third.
This was the first time that two Canadians have stood on the podium together in Alpine World Ski Championships history.
Travis Ganong was the top American in 14th. Ryan Cochran-Siegle was 28th.
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) did not finish.
QUOTES Travis Ganong When you go early like that, you don’t really know how the course is going to run. You don’t get the course reports.
It was an open, fast set. The jumps we’re actually bigger than the downhill training yesterday. It was a really tricky set, really fast speeds, and it’s a World Championship event, so everybody is pushing super hard. All that matters is the first three positions.
I pushed really hard, and I had some really good skiing, but one section I missed the timing a little bit.
BROADCAST + LIVE STREAMING (times EST) Wednesday, Feb. 8 10:30 a.m. – men’s super G (encore) – NBCSN
Friday, Feb. 10 4:00 a.m. – women’s alpine combined, downhill run – nbcsports.com/live – LIVE STREAM 6:30 a.m. – women’s alpine combined – NBCSN – LIVE