Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Theaux Fastest in Training, Canada's Guay Fifth in Lake Louise World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Theaux Fastest in Training, Canada's Guay Fifth in Lake Louise World Cup

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Theaux fastest in training for Lake Louise

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Erik Guay expects what was a rough ride for skiers in Friday's training run to be smoother for the season-opening World Cup downhill.

The 36-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the fastest Canadian in the lone training run for Saturday's downhill at Lake Louise, Alta.

Guay was fifth and nine-tenths of a second behind Frenchman Adrien Theaux, who posted the quickest time of the day in one minute 51.54 seconds.

The first two training runs were cancelled because rain and warm temperatures made course conditions too soft, putting the pressure on to get one in Friday.

Guay had an advantage as the first man down the mountain. With the temperature hovering just below freezing, the track became more pliable as skiers thundered down it.

"The snow is not great. It's nobody's fault," Guay said. "The course workers did everything they could, but with the rain we had and the warm conditions, there's just nothing you could have done.

"The snow is soft in sections, crumbly and weirdly peely, but I would expect it to get better."

No precipitation in the immediate forecast and the mercury projected to fall to minus-seven overnight should improve conditions for Saturday. A super-G is scheduled for Sunday.

The morning inspection before Saturday's start will pack down the course, Guay said.

"I expect it, with a bunch of side slipping, to get a little bit firmer, a little bit harder and a little bit more grip," he said.

The men's World Cup in Lake Louise was cancelled last year for the first time because it was too warm to make snow, although the women's races went ahead the following week.

Matthias Mayer of Austria was second Friday in 1:51.89. Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, who swept the downhill and super-G in Lake Louise in 2014, was third in 1:52. …

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