DIDIER CUCHE OUTRIDES CANADIAN COWBOY ERIK
GUAY FOR ANOTHER DOWNHILL WIN BY HANK MCKEE
Erik Guay has long felt an affinity for Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In his six
races before this season he had placed 3-1-3-1 in World Cups and, of course, won the
world downhill title at the site (on a different course) last season. (He was also a DNF in
the title meet super G in brutal conditions.)
So it was not a big surprise when he was fastest on the final training run before the Cup
downhill on Jan. 28. “I hit everything I wanted to and I was on all the right lines,” said Guay
in the training finish area. “I didn’t do anything spectacular skiing-wise, but I didn’t botch any
of the turns and it translated into a good run.” He added that he hoped he wasn’t “a little too
early” in making that run.
As it has been everywhere all
season, it was soft and bumpy
on the Garmisch Kandahar 2
racecourse — seemingly just
the kind of a bronco ride the
Canadian Cowboys relish.
“We’ve seen some gnarly runs
here,” said Guay, reflecting on
a decade of racing there. “It is
always a challenging track.”
Bode Miller has long felt a lack
of affinity for the authority fig-
ures of the sport, and the public
bib draw for the race the eve-
ning after training supported
that mistrust. The rules say ath- Erik Guay crushed the bottom of the shortened Kandahar 2 racecourse.
Didier Cuche, the master of downhill minutiae.