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Osborne-Paradis back on podium

Whistler skier third in Wengen World Cup

On one of the narrowest downhill courses on the World Cup tour, with corners so treacherous that some of the top racers crashed in the super combined race the day before, Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumuni Manuel Osborne-Paradis picked up his first medal of the season, and the third medal of his career. It was also the seventh medal for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, and more proof that the Canadian team is on the right track to be on the podium in 2010.

Osborne-Paradis placed third behind American Bode Miller, who is pulling out of his slump with some daring skiing, and Didier Cuche of Switzerland. John Kucera also cracked the top-30 for Canada, placing 19 th overall.

“It feels good to get a podium this season and contribute to the team’s success,” said Osborne-Paradis. “It also means a lot to me to be on the podium at Wengen, on a course that is considered one of the most difficult.

“It was surprisingly a lot easier than I expected today. We had a week off before the race and my legs definitely weren’t hurting as bad as they normally do when I got to the bottom. Also, with experience you learn that your legs hurt really badly in the middle but by the end of the race they won’t hurt that much worse.”

In the super combined, none of the Canadians managed to finish both runs.

ean-Baptiste Grange of France was the top skier in that event, followed by Switzerland’s Daniel Albrecht and Bode Miller.

The women raced the technical events at Maribor, Slovenia.

In the opening giant slalom, Whistler’s Britt Janyk cracked the top-30 with a 29 th place finish, her best GS result since the 2003-2004 season. Marie-Pier Prefrontaine, Emilie Desforges, Shona Rubens and Emily Brydon did not qualify for a second run.

The win went to Elisabeth Goergl of Austria, followed by Manuela Moelgg and Denise Karbon of Italy.

In the slalom, Shona Rubens did not finish her first run, while Anna Goodman was disqualified.

The win went to Nicole Hosp of Austria, followed by Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia, and Marlies Schild of Austria.