Points but no medals for ski team 

Hudec's 10th place at Beaver Creek leads team; Vonn sweeps lake louise winterstart

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She has also been in spotlight recently after attempting to race in the men's downhill at Lake Louise — a bid that the International Ski Federation (FIS) turned down, despite the support of event organizers at Lake Louise and from other athletes on the tour.

Hudec leads team at Beaver Creek

The Canadian men's speed team had a better showing at Beaver Creek, Colorado with several team members earning points, but they were unable to collect their first medal of the season.

Erik Guay was 15th in the opening downhill race to lead the team, and was on pace to podium before he made a critical mistake.

"I had a good top and where I've been struggling on the pitch, I skied much better," said Guay. "But (lower on the course) I hit it square and got really low. I dropped 1.10 seconds in a 17-second split. Without that one split I would probably have been top five."

Ben Thomsen tied for 16th on the day. While this is only his second year with the senior men's team, he knows he could have placed higher.

"I had some good sections, but in a very key section I pinched myself off and hit some bumps, causing me to lose my outside ski (edge)," he said.

"It pulled me off my inspected line and way low, below the optimal race line. Unfortunately, this was just before the bottom half of the course, with no way to make up speed again...

"I am happy to end up with a result like 16th but I was expecting a lot more from myself."

Jan Hudec placed 24th on the day, while Whistler's Manuel Osborne-Paradis — who earned his first points at Lake Louise the previous weekend since returning from injury — he also expected more than his tie for 28th.

"Coming from the back, it's good," he said. "Coming from where I'm coming from, I'm just not skiing as well as I should be. I really wish I had a top 20 here. It was (close) — I'm four-tenths away from Erik and he's 14th."

Whistler's Conrad Pridy was 49th and John Kucera 58th.

Christof Innerhofer of Italy was first in the race, followed by Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud of Norway.

The Canadians stepped it up a notch for the super G, with Jan Hudec moving up to 10th and Erik Guay to 11th. John Kucera was 41st and Ben Thomsen 49th. Dustin Cook was on pace to earn points for the second straight weekend but went off course near the bottom.

Matteo Marsaglia of Italy was first, followed by Aksel Lund Svindal and Hannes Reichelt of Austria.

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