Janyk, Kucera lead alpine team efforts 

Austrians win all but one World Cup gold medal

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Thomas Grandi also qualified for a second run, but did not finish after an injured leg started to act up and he skied off course.

Benjamin Raich added a fourth gold medal to Austria’s tally this past week, followed by Massimiliano Blardone of Italy, and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.

There was rain falling for the second day of racing, but Whistler’s Mike Janyk — used to skiing in rain — was not phased. After qualifying for a second run in 13 th position, Janyk moved up four spots to ninth with a fast second run in rapidly deteriorating conditions.

“It’s always a good result to get in the top-10,” he said. “In 13 th place, you’re far away from the podium.”

Marc Berthod of Switzerland spoiled another Austrian win with a come from behind victory, moving up 25 spots with the fastest second run of the day. Benjamin Raich picked up the silver, while Mario Matt of Austria was third.

Janyk slipped back one spot in the World Cup slalom rankings to fourth.

Heading into the New Year, Canada is now ranked fifth among World Cup nations. On the men’s side, Canada has skiers ranked in the top-10 in all four disciplines.

 

Williamson leads Para-alpine Nor-Ams

The Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team had a solid outing in Park City, Utah this weekend at a Nor-Am Cup event and warm-up for the World Cup season.

While Canadians earned several medals, Ontario’s Chris Williamson — competing in the visually impaired category — led the way for Canada with gold medals in slalom and giant slalom.

While podiums are nothing new to Williamson, this was one of his first races since fracturing his leg during a training run at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. He also had a new guide for the contest, Ontario’s A.J. Brown.

Whistler’s Matt Hallatt also had a solid weekend, just missing the podium in fourth place. Vancouver’s Morgan Perrin was sixth.

Arly Fogarty of Montreal won both GS races and placed fourth in the slalom.

Brad Lennea, another Whistler skier, did not finish the men’s sit ski race.

The first World Cup for disabled skiers is at Aspen Jan. 17-21.

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