Erik Guay has had a couple of close calls when it comes to the Olympic podium. At Turin 2006 he was fourth in the super-G, missing bronze by a tenth of a second despite injuring his left knee just a couple of weeks earlier and being unable to compete in the downhill. Four years later at Vancouver 2010 he posted a pair of fifth place finishes in the downhill and super-G. The super-G was especially agonizing as he was just three-one hundredths of a second from bronze and six-one hundredths from silver.
Guay was able to rebound by winning the final two World Cup super-G races of the 2009-10 season to claim the first Crystal Globe by a Canadian alpine skier in 28 years. He would enjoy another career highlight in 2011 when he won the second straight world downhill title by a Canadian, following John Kucera in 2009.
In December 2013 Guay became the most decorated Canadian alpine skier in World Cup history with his 21st career podium, surpassing the previous record of 20 held by former Crazy Canuck and 2014 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Steve Podborski. Guay accomplished the feat with back-to-back downhill podiums in Val Gardena and Bormio.
Guay’s career has not been without injury. In December 2003, just weeks after his first World Cup podium, he tore his left ACL, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Most recently he underwent knee surgery in July 2013 to clean up around his left meniscus.
2011 FIS World Champion (downhill)… 2009-10 Super-G Crystal Globe Winner (overall World Cup champion)… 21 World Cup Podiums… Four World Cup Victories…
Getting into the Sport: Began skiing almost as soon as he could walk… Competed in his first race at age five… Began seriously training with his father when he was 12… Says his dad taught him everything he knows… Outside Interests: Loves auto racing, especially Formula One and attends the Montreal Grand Prix… He has had the chance to meet drivers Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber… Notes similarities between auto racing and downhill skiing with the speed, anticipation and tinkering of equipment…
Notable International Results
FIS World Championship: 2013 – DQ (DH), 23rd (SG); 2011 – GOLD (DH), DNF (SG); 2009 – DNF (DH), 19th (SG); 2007 – 4th (DH), 6th (SG); 2005 – 22nd (DH), 19th (SG); 2003 – 6th (DH), 6th (SG), 17th (CO)