Canada's Erik Guay proved to the world today in the final downhill training run that he is once again in serious contention to repeat last year's silver medal performance in this Saturday's CIBC Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup.

Guay finished today's training run in a time of one minute, 45.64 seconds, nine one-hundredths of a second behind leader Bode Miller. Germany's Max Rauffer crossed the line in a time of one minute, 45.81 seconds to finish third.

“Today's result built confidence,” said Guay. “It's never good to build up high expectations but 20th is a realistic goal. Bode Miller and Hermann Maier are the ones to watch.”

Calgary's John Kucrea finished his run in a time of one minute, 46.82 seconds. This development team athlete's goal was to crack the top-30 in today's training run and he did just that by finishing 30th in the third and final training run.

“Today was the right day to pull it off and I'll be starting first tomorrow,” said Kucera following his run. “It's been a good week overall, I made a few mistakes yesterday but I was able to put it all together today.”

Racing action continues with the men's downhill scheduled for Saturday and the super-G on Sunday.

Training Run 3
Top 15

1. MILLER Bode, USA, 1:45.55; 2. GUAY Erik, CAN, 1:45.64; 3.RAUFFER Max, GER, 1:45.81; 4. KJUS Lasse, NOR, 1:45.89; 5. GRUGGER Johann, AUT, 1:46.02; 6. KERNEN Bruno, SUI, 1:46.05, 7. DENERIAZ Antoine, FRA, 1:46.11; 8. RHALVES Daron, USA, 1:46.12; 9. SCHEIBER Mario, AUT, 1:46.31; 10. HOLZKNECHT Norbert, AUT, 1:46.45; 11. BEUCHEL Marco, LIE, 1:46.46; 12. MAIER Hermann, AUT, 1:46.49; 13. BURTIN Nicolas, FRA, 1:46.53; 14. SULZENBACHER Kurt, ITA, 1:46.59; 14. SOLBAKKEN Bjarne, NOR, 1:46.59; 16. KNAUSS Hans, AUT, 1:46.60.

Other Canadian Results

30. KUCERA John, Calgary, AB, 1:46.82
36. HUDEC Jan, Calgary, AB, 1:47.07
45. LAVOIE Vincent, Longueil, QC, 1:47.62
50. BOURQUE Francois, New Richmond, QC, 1:47.73
56. HUME Jeff, Whistler, BC, 1:48.07
69. OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel, Invermere, BC, 1:49.28

Other Canadian Quotes

“I was surprised with my time but it shows that I can be in there. Usually I know if I'm going to be fast but this year it is like learning the ropes again.”
– Erik Guay

“Today was my better run of the week, but I was out skied by John and Jeff. John had a better run and a really good time. He and I have been competing for years so seeing John get a result like that means I can achieve that too.”

“I had my fastest skis today but I made a few mistakes. It's been a good start to the season. I'll forerun the super-G on Sunday and then I'm off to Beaver Creek for NorAm's.”
– Manuel Osborne-Paradis

“The run started out okay, the turns on the ice that I was worried about went okay. After tickety I couldn't see a bump and went way out and I lost a lot of time, and after that I lost my composure and made a lot of mistakes the whole way down.”

“I'll be starting in the back again tomorrow, tomorrow would have been easier if I had been a second faster today.”
– Jeff Hume

“A top-30 result would be great – I'm going to give it my all and try to go fast, I know I can do it!”
-John Kucera

“I am very disappointed because I wanted to get a good start number for tomorrow's race. I made some mistakes in the course.”

“I made mistakes on the line and I wasn't soft enough on the edges so I lost speed.”
– Vincent Lavoie

“I had good sections but I made a mistake at the top and it cost me time.”

“With my bib number of 65 from yesterday, I cracked the top 30 and am confident I can do it again tomorrow.”
-Francois Bourque

“I missed the top 30 by 4 spots and this will make a huge difference tomorrow when I race near the end of the field.”

“The course was great but I hope the light will be better tomorrow.”
-Jan Hudec