| GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany Feb 12 New
world downhill champion Erik Guay is proud of his achievements
even if they have gone largely unrecognised at home.
The Canadian said his two fifth-place finishes in the
downhill and Super G at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics had
stuck in the minds of his fellow countrymen and women.
Subsequent performances, including his World Cup Super G
title last year, went almost unnoticed in a country where alpine
skiing is not a mainstream sport.
"Last year was tough because the public wanted Olympic
medals and when I won the (World Cup) crystal globe that seemed
to get overlooked," Guay told reporters after his downhill
victory here on Saturday.
"If this is a big thing at home or not, I don't know, but
Guay said the line between winning a medal or going home
empty-handed was especially fine in skiing.
"Skiing is a sport where sometimes you are the right side of
the hundredths of a second and sometimes on the wrong side,"
said the 29-year-old.
"The 2006 Olympics in Turin was really tough, finishing
fourth (in the Super G), and in Vancouver I was hundredths of a
second off the podium twice.
"I would not say I choked, sometimes things just don't go
Guay's victory on Saturday was a rare boost for Canada who
have been plagued by injuries including last season's broken leg
sustained by John Kucera, winner of the same title two years ago
in Val D'Isere.
Robbie Dixon, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Ryan Semple and
Francois Bourque are also sidelined while Guay has been
suffering from back pain.
"It's been tough but you just have to keep on fighting," he
said. "John was not here to defend his title so I thought it
would be appropriate if I kept it."
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