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Stefan Guay claims World Junior title

European skiers dominate medals in Quebec

Hundreds of athletes from than 25 nations represented their countries at the FIS Junior World Championships at Le Massif, Quebec this past week, including the top Canadian skiers born in 1986 or later.

The event kicked off on March 2 with the men’s downhill. Mont Tremblant’s Stefan Guay, the younger brother of national team star Erik Guay, showed his potential when he picked up a bronze medal behind Christopher Beckmann of the U.S. and Romed Baumann of Austria.

Two of his teammates also cracked the top-10, Jonathan Robert of Ottawa finishing sixth and Pierre-Louis Helie of Berthierville, Quebec 10 th .

Fernie’s Danielle Poleschuk was the top Canadian in the women’s downhill the following day, finishing seventh. Shona Rubens of Calgary and Veronique Achambault-Leger of Montreal were 12 th and 13 th respectively.

The medals went to Marianne Abderhalden of Switzerland, followed by Anna Finninger of Austria and Aurelie Revillet of France.

In the men’s super G on Saturday, Michael Sablatnik of Austria, Gasper Markic of Slovenia, and Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S. were the top three racers. Pierre-Louis Helie was the top Canadian in 11 th , while Jonathan Robert was 20 th .

On the same day the women raced slalom. Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden was first, followed by Kathrin Triendl of Austria and Nina Loeseth of Norway. The top Canadian was Veronique Archambault-Leger in 27 th .

On Sunday the men and women swapped, with men racing slalom and women super G.

Robert Jordan was the top Canadian male in 22 nd , followed by Travis Dawson in 26 th and Philippe Crete Belzile in 27 th .

Mikkel Bjoerge of Norway was first, followed by Romed Baumann of Austria and Sandro Viletta of Switzerland.

In women’s super G, Anna Fenninger of Austria captured another medal, followed by Italian skiers Camilla Borsotti and Hilary Longhini.

Shona Rubens was the top Canadian in fifth while Danielle Poleschuk was 18 th .

Things turned around for the men’s team in the giant slalom, with Stefan Guay finishing first overall by almost three quarters of a second. Petteri Kantola of Finland and Carlo Janka of Switzerland were second and third.

The championships wrapped up with the women’s giant slalom event on Tuesday. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein took the win, followed by Carolin Fernsebner of Germany and Eva-Maria Brem of Austria.

The top Canadian was Marie-Pier Prefontaine in 27 th .