Superb Guay wins historic gold in Switzerland

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Erik Guay upset the odds to win a historic super-G gold medal at the Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz on Wednesday.

Four years ago, the Canadian was the downhill champion in Garmisch-Partenkirchen - a venue where he endured a heavy crash last week - and added to his tally by clocking a time of one minute, 25.38 seconds to beat Kjetil Jansrud (+0.45secs) to top spot.

At 35, Guay - considered an outsider pre-race having recorded just one podium in the discipline in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup this season - becomes the oldest alpine world champion and it is a particularly sweet victory following a succession of injuries in recent years.

Manuel Osborne-Paradis rounded off a superb day for Canada by ousting Aleksander Kilde out of the top three to win a first world championship medal.

 

What a day!!!

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"It's incredible," said Guay. "With the whole history with all of my injuries and even the crash last week in Garmish, it's just amazing to be standing here as a world champion. 

"I'm having a hard time finding words to express what this means and how I feel. To be on the podium with two of my good friends Manny and Kjetil makes it even better."

Jansrud, the ninth competitor, quickly took the lead and appeared well set to win the gold medal, while Norwegian compatriot Kilde was just 0.09secs shy of his time.

But Guay produced a flawless run on the Swiss slopes that nobody in the field could come close to.

Marcel Hirscher had high hopes of doing so, but was off the pace from the start and after a ragged run came home over two seconds behind Guay.

Osborne-Paradis has not finished in the top three of a World Cup race in the last two years and only has one super-G podium in his career, but ensured there was one last surprise with a sensational run to snatch third.