Janyks back in the hunt 

Weekend events in Europe encouraging for Canadian Alpine Ski Team


Medals are still hard to come by for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, but both of the Janyk siblings made breakthroughs at World Cup events last weekend.

Mike Janyk came away with a ceremonial cowbell for his fifth place finish in the slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland, his best result this season. He struggled in two past races - in Val d'Isere he was sitting ninth after the first run, then straddled a gate in his second run to post a DNF; in Zagreb, he made the wrong ski choice and just missed qualifying for a second run by nine one-hundredths of a second.

But all was well in Adelboden.

"I went out to attack," said Janyk. "I've built my career on attacking and fighting and that's what I wanted to come back to.

"The second run was a total battle. I fought the whole way - nothing came easy. I really liked my push today. I just want to put that in the bank and keep it going."

The rest of the team was solid, with Brad Spence placing 17th and Trevor White in 20th.

The win went to Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, followed my Marcel Hirscher and Reinfried Herbst of Austria.

There was also a giant slalom the previous day, but none of the Canadians qualified. Cyprien Richard of France took the gold, followed by Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Thomas Fanara of France.

The women's speed team also raced last weekend, with a downhill and super G at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.

Britt Janyk led the team on both days. In the downhill she was 15th and in the super G moved up to ninth. While that's still shy of where she wants to be, Janyk was encouraged after the weekend.

"My confidence is getting back to where it should be and we made adjustments to my equipment right after Lake Louise, so I feel better on my skis," she said. "We had good training in the past weeks and right now I just need to trust my skis, try to have fun and race hard."

American Lindsey Vonn won the downhill by almost half a second over Anja Paerson of Sweden. Anna Fenninger of Austria was third. None of the other Canadians finished in the top 30 so didn't earn any points.

In the super G, Lara Gut of Switzerland took the top spot, followed by Lindsey Vonn and Dominique Gisin of Switzlerland. Janyk was less than half a second back of the top five.

"I had an early bib today which can be good because the track is clean, but that also means that you don't get a report so you really need to trust your inspection," she said.


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