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Erik Guay leads training in Wengen. (GEPA)

With a win from Val Gardena packed in his travel bag, Canadian Erik Guay issued assurances he is looking for more by recording the fastest time in the second training run on the historic Lauberhorn downhill track in Wengen, Switzerland Thursday.

Guay told the AFP, “I like everything here. This is a beautiful track, it’s long, it burns the legs but I enjoyed myself today. I put all the chances on my side. I can get (in the start) in the gate Saturday and take the necessary risks. If I ski like today, I should be in on it.”

The 2.75-mile course is known for making the legs burn. With most of the snowfall from a Tuesday storm now scraped off the course, times were three seconds faster than those from Wednesday’s training run.

Young Austrian Matthias Mayer was the second fastest on the day, a scant 0.13 seconds behind Guay. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was third fastest. The top Swiss on the day was Patrick Kueng with the fifth fastest time.

Bode Miller again led the Americans in tenth place, one back of World Cup overall tour leader Aksel Lund Svindal. Jared Goldberg upped a quality performance in the Wednesday track test to finish 18th fastest on Thursday. Goldberg’s World Cup history starts and stops with one point from a 2012 super G top 30. Marco Sullivan finished 31st fastest.


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Hank McKee
Senior Editor
In memoriam: The veteran of the staff, McKee started with Ski Racing in 1980. Over the seasons, he covered virtually every aspect of the sport, from the pro tours to junior racing, freestyle and World Cup alpine competition. He wrote the first national stories for many U.S. team stars, and was still around to report on their retirements. “Longevity has its rewards,” he said, “but it’s a slow process.”



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