At PyeongChang 2018, Canada’s most successful active male alpine skier, Erik Guay, will be looking for the one thing missing from his trophy case – an Olympic medal.
At Turin 2006 he was fourth in the super-G, missing bronze by a tenth of a second despite injuring his left knee. 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 rebounded 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. Despite missing out on the podium at Sochi 2014, Guay pulled a silver medal at the men’s downhill championships four days after claiming the super G title in 2017.
Family: Comes from a skiing family… Mother Ellen was a ski instructor at Mont-Tremblant… Father Conrad was a ski coach… Both brothers are former competitive alpine skiers… Younger brother Stefan is now a coach with Alpine Canada… Older brother Kristian Guay… Wife Karen… Daughters Logann (born 2009) and Leni (born 2012)…Getting Into 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… Because of his association with Red Bull 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…
|2006 Turin||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Men||4|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Downhill - Men||5|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Giant Slalom - Men||16|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Men||5|
|2014 Sochi||Skiing - Alpine||Downhill - Men||10|
|2014 Sochi||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Men||DQ|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2014 – 10th (DH), DQ (SG); 2010 – 5th (DH), 5th (SG), 16th (GS); 2006 – 4th (SG)
FIS World Championship: 2017 – 2nd (DH), 1st (SG); 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)