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Canadians raced hard on the final weekend of the FIS Alpine World Championships at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, but were unable to add another podium to go with the downhill gold medal earned by Erik Guay the previous weekend.

Julien Cousineau came closest in the men's slalom race, placing fifth - just 0.26 seconds off the podium.

Whistler's Michael Janyk was defending his bronze medal from the championships in 2009, but was one of the 42 athletes who didn't finish their first run. He was in good company, with Kalle Palander of Finland, Steve Missilier of France and Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland also not finishing.

Trevor White cracked the top-30 for Canada, placing 20th.

"I wish I had been on the podium but I'm satisfied," said Cousineau. "I'm starting to get tired of being fifth. I want to get on the podium. I can't wait. I know it's coming, I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing."

For Janyk, the result was particularly disappointing. He was skiing fast through the qualifiers and some of his splits were faster than the eventual champion.

"I knew the way I was skiing I was on the limit," he said. "You always say it's better to ski fast and ski out than come out slowly. It's true but it still hurts. I had the fast split up there. That's the one thing I can take away from it is that the speed was there.

"But we have a really strong team ...and a really, really strong fifth place. It's positive for the team that we can do that. Now we just need a podium."

The win went to Jean-Baptiste Grange of France, followed by Jens Byggmark of Sweden and Manfred Moelgg of Italy. Mario Matt of Austria edged Cousineau for fourth place by 0.05 seconds.

Newcomer Erin Mielzynski led the Canadian women in the slalom in 16th place, with the fastest time in the second run. She was sitting in 29th after her first run down the course, then exploded out of the gates to move up 13 positions.

"I'm a little disappointed with my first run but my second run was amazing," said the 20-year-old. "I wish I could have had a better result but it's my second-best result at this level. It's definitely a stepping stone to where I want to be in the future."

Anna Goodman also laid down two solid runs to place 21st.

Marlies Schild of Austria was first, followed by teammate Kathrin Zettel and Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden.

Marie-Michele Gagnon, who is Canada's top slalom athlete this season, was one of 36 skiers who didn't finish her first run.

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