Mike Janyk (CAST)
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Britt Janyk (CAST)
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Britt and Mike Janyk of Whistler, BC, both pulled out solid second runs to mount the podium in the second-to-last slalom of the 2004 CIBC Nor Am Cup season.

For third-place finisher Mike Janyk, who stays in regular contact with his sister by phone throughout the season despite the hectic travel schedules of the World Cup, Europa Cup, and Nor Am circuits, Thursday's result puts him at a close second for the discipline title.

“It's really close – it's gonna be another tight one tomorrow,” said the soon-to-be 22-year-old who barely missed qualifying for a second run on three occasions in World Cup action this season. Mike has 252 points in the men's Nor Am slalom standings – only eight points behind current leader James Cochran of the U.S.

Cochran won the day's slalom by posting a total time of one minute, 43.40 seconds. Finishing .14 behind him was fellow American Chip Knight who has been a podium regular at Mont Tremblant this week. And despite heading into the second run sitting 10th after a costly fall in the first leg, Janyk won the second run to finish third in 1:43.74.

“I was nervous coming into the second because I was so far back and knew it. But the course was great – it held up really well through the second run,” he said at the awards presentation.

Joining Janyk in the top-10 were Canadians Ryan Semple, Julien Cousineau, Michael Tichy, and Nick Zoricic, who finished fourth, fifth, eighth, and 10th respectively.

Despite finishing outside the top-10, two Canadians made their way onto the podium by finishing among the top-three juniors. From the Quebec Provincial Ski Team, Louis-Pierre H