Sunday, January 8, 2012

Janyk 7th in Adelboden slalom, Cousineau suffers knee injury

ADELBODEN, SUI (Jan. 8, 2012) – Canada’s Mike Janyk battled his way into seventh place in Adelboden, Switzerland, on Sunday as a determined, hard-charging second run in tough snow conditions and thick fog gave him his first top-10 result of the 2011-12 World Cup season.

The 29-year-old slalom specialist from Whistler, B.C., who only recently returned to competition following an ankle injury, was at his gritty, determined best as he attacked the mountain and delivered the third-fastest second run of the day.

Brad Spence, of Calgary, Alta., recovered from a big mistake in his first run to finish 17th and Trevor Philp, also of Calgary, made his World Cup debut – finishing 44th after the first run. There was bad news for Janyk’s teammate Julien Cousineau, of Lachute, Que., who went out in the first run and sustained a knee injury. He is heading back to Canada for further assessment and it’s not known if he will return to competition this season.

“I made mistakes but I fought like hell,” said Janyk, who punched the air in delight at the end of a storming second run. “That was one of the best runs I’ve done in a long time – the way I attacked and fought through.”

The Adelboden course, which was such a test for the racers competing in the giant slalom on Saturday, was again a huge challenge on Sunday. Varying snow conditions and then mist and fog led to lots of mistakes and a fascinating finish to a compelling race.

Janyk was 18th after the first run and decided to alter his approach the second time down. “On the second run I knew I had to keep my skis on the ground a little more,” said Janyk, who is tied for 19th in the world in slalom after Sunday’s result. “It was a fight.”

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