Canadians cracking top-30 on World Cup 

Janyk wins back to back FIS races

Last weekend was busy for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, with World Cup, Europa Cup and European FIS races on the calendar, and athletes competing in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Eighteen-year-old Sophie Splawinski of Montreal got the ball rolling last Thursday with a sixth place finish in the Europa Cup giant slalom at Abetone, Italy. It was her third Europa Cup result in the top-seven in the past four days.

Gail Kelly of Ste-Agnes de Beauce, Quebec, who has been racing with the World Cup team, was 12 th , while Emilie Desforges of Dorval, Quebec was 51 st . Anna Prchal and Anna Goodman failed to qualify for a second run.

Splawinski raced in another GS on Friday, this time finishing second, earning the first Europa Cup podium of her career. She finished just three one-hundredths of a second back of Damara Krzyzynska of Poland.

In this race, Kelly was 27 th , Desforges 44 th , and Prchal 61 st .

Splawinski also raced on Monday in Bardonecchia Italy, finishing 19 th in a super G.

Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumnus Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Vancouver was 10 th in the men's giant slalom race on the same day.

In the men's Europa Cup GS at St. Moritz, Switzerland, Francois Bourque, 19, of New Richmond, Quebec, was ninth in a strong field of World Cup competitors.

It was a good showing for Bourque, who will lead the 13-member Canadian contingent to the World Junior Championships at Maribor, Slovenia this weekend.

Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Quebec was 14 th at St. Moritz. Ryan Semple of Ottawa was 40 th and Brad Spence of Calgary 44 th . Jean-Philippe Roy of Ste-Flavie, Quebec did not start his second run due to a muscle strain. David Anderson of Rossland didn't finish the first run and Whistler's Michael Janyk did not finish his second run.

In the third GS, on Saturday, Cousineau and Anderson cracked the top-30, finishing 21 st and 25 th respectively. Mike Janyk was 38 th .

The men's World Cup speed team - consisting of just Vincent Lavoie with his other teammates sidelined with injuries - was at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for a downhill on Friday.

After finishing 28 th in training the day before, the 26-year-old from Cap Rouge, Quebec hit the course aggressively and lost a ski 20 seconds into the race on a steep section of the race course. He tumbled into the safety netting, but managed to walk away, to the relief of coaches.


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