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Skiing - 10. December 2007.

Britt Janyk becomes fifth Canadian female to win a World Cup Downhill


Janyk follows podium in Lake Louise with stunning win in Aspen

ASPEN, USA (December 8TH, 2007) – It’s an “unbelievable day” for Britt Janyk (Whistler, BC) as she becomes just the fifth Canadian woman to win a World Cup Downhill, with a tremendous victory in snowy Aspen, USA in the second DH of the season.

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Janyk is the first Canadian female to win a World Cup DH since Kate Pace Lindsay won in Tignes, FRA on December 4th, 1993. The others in this exclusive club are Laurie Graham, Gerry Sorensen and Nancy Greene, who became this country’s first Ladies Downhill winner in Oberstaufen, GER in 1967.

Janyk, who claimed third at last week’s Bombardier Winterstart DH to open the season, finished in a winning time of one minute 14.17 seconds, .42s ahead of Austrian Marlies Schild with Renate Goetschl of Austria in third.

“It is absolutely amazing. I am just so excited. To win today is unbelievable,” said Janyk, who moves into first overall in Ladies World Cup DH standings after two races with 160 points. “I knew it was possible. I knew that I was skiing well and I was right in there with the other girls.”

“This is a technical course here in Aspen and that actually played right into my abilities. At the same time I was nervous to prove that I could do it again coming off of the third place in Lake Louise. This is unbelievable. Now I’ve set the bar even higher,” said Janyk.

“The conditions haven’t been ideal and I am just so proud that I kept focus and pulled it off,” added Janyk, now in fourth in the overall Ladies World Cup standings.

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This is the third podium season for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team following Jan Hudec’s (Calgary, AB) winning performance in the Men’s Bombardier Winterstart DH in Lake Louise and Janyk’s bronze as week later.

With today’s win, Janyk earns the use of a General Motors of Canada vehicle for another year. Through a sponsorship now in its sixth year, GM provides the use a vehicle to any CAST athlete who wins a World Cup race, earns a podium at the World Championships or finishes in the Top 10 in any World Cup discipline at the end of the season. Janyk chose a GMC Canyon after finishing seventh in the overall Super G standings last season.

Kelly VanderBeek (Kitchener, ON) had the second best World Cup Downhill result of her career, finishing today’s DH in sixth in a time of 1:14.83. Emily Brydon (Fernie, BC) was 14th with Sherry Lawrence (Calgary, AB) securing her best result of this early season, placing 26th.

Today’s race was televised on Rogers Sportsnet at 12:30 p.m. MT. Also, CBC will be showing an encore presentation of the Bombardier Wnterstart DH in which Janyk placed third at 5 p.m. ET.

ASPEN, USA – DEC 8TH, 2007 – DOWNHILL - LADIES

1

6

JANYK Britt

1980

CAN

1:14.17

2

1

SCHILD Marlies

1981

AUT

1:14.59

3

21

GOETSCHL Renate

1975

AUT

1:14.63

4

17

VONN Lindsey

1984

USA

1:14.68

5

23

SCHILD Martina

1981

SUI

1:14.70

6

10

VANDERBEEK Kelly

1983

CAN

1:14.83

7

5

RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina

1981

SPA

1:14.87

8

2

AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi

1981

SUI

1:14.95

9

15

GOERGL Elisabeth

1981

AUT

1:14.97

10

3

DUMERMUTH Monika

1977

SUI

1:15.13

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=50340

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