LAKE LOUISE, ALTA. (Nov. 25, 2011) – Canada’s Erik Guay is hoping to stay lucky in Saturday’s downhill at the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup after crediting clear skies and a strong tail wind for pushing him into second place in Friday’s training run.
The 30-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que., will lead a team of nine Canadian men in the first downhill of the 2011-12 World Cup season. He will be joined by 2007 Lake Louise downhill champ Jan Hudec, of Calgary, Alta., who sat out Friday’s final training run to rest up for the weekend and Robbie Dixon, of Whistler, B.C. John Kucera, the 2009 world downhill champion from Calgary, Alta., is not quite ready to return to competition yet as he continues his comeback from a long-term leg injury and he will not race on Saturday.
Six-foot-eight Kelby Halbert, of Bradford Ont., is one of several young guns who will start Saturday’s race. Also racing are Dustin Cook, of Lac Sainte Marie, Que., Louis-Pierre Hélie, of Berthierville, Que. and Ben Thomsen, of Invermere, B.C. Former Canadian Alpine Ski Team member Ryan Semple, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., and Whistler's Conrad Pridy will also fly the flag for Canada.

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