Guay sets pace in first training on home soil
Lake Louise, Canada – A beautiful, chill but sunny day in lake Louise provided the perfect setting for the first AUDI FIS Ski World Cup men’s speed training of the year. As per what has become a tradition, the first men’s speed races of the season take place in one of the most picturesque spots of the entire calendar. Lake Louise is situated deep in the Canadian Rockies, submerged in a nature reserve on the edge of a pristine Lake that is surrounded by the local glaciers.
This year the slope is in pristine conditions, with over 400 volunteers putting in days of hard work to ensure everything is ready for when the first of the 91 athletes on the starting list left the start gate on Wednesday for the first training run.
And what a first training run! Local favorite Erik Guay, who finished sixth in last year’s Lake Louise downhill and is just coming back from a knee injury set the pace in the first run. He completed his run in 1minute, 50.00 seconds, leaving second ranked Steven Nyman and third ranked Swiss Patrick Kueng, 0.20 and 0.29 seconds behind respectively.
Last year, Aksel Lund Svindal won the downhill race here in Lake Louise, making it his fifth victory at the Canadian resort (four victories in Super G and one in downhill). Svindal has been tied with Kjetil André Aamodt for the most World Cup wins by a Norwegian in alpine skiing (all disciplines) since he won his 21st World Cup race in the Kvitfjell Super G in March and Saturday's race will be his fourth chance to set a new Norwegian record.
The Norwegian favorite seemed in no rush today to push his limits as he finished his run in 16th place, just below a second slower than Guay.