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Skiing - 03. March 2009.

Three Canadians in the top 30 final downhill prior to world cup finals

 

Britt Janyk leads Canucks in 21st place while Vonn takes DH Crystal Globe

 

BANSKO, BUL – Thee Canadians placed in the top 30 in the final FIS World Cup downhill race prior to the World Cup Finals to be held in Åre, SWE in mid March.

 

Britt Janyk (Whistler, BC) was the top Canuck, placing 21st with a time of one minute 49.54 seconds.

 

CBC’s Pontiac World of Skiing will broadcast Saturday’s downhill between 2 and 3 p.m. (EST). Radio-Canada will also have coverage of the downhill starting at 3 p.m. (EST).

 

Janyk was closely followed by teammates Emily Brydon (Fernie, BC) who came in 22nd with a time of 1:49.54 and Larisa Yurkiw (Owen Sound, ON) who was the last racer to capture valuable World Cup points with the 30th best time of the day in 1:50.74.

 

All three skiers had been unable to complete Friday’s inaugural Bulgarian World Cup speed event held on the challenging, 2.7 kilometer-long and super G-like Banderizia course.

 

“This is a very demanding course – still, I managed to have good sections at the top and bottom but lost a lot of speed in the middle part,” said Janyk. “It’s very frustrating because I know I can ski fast and right with the top girls. I watch their video segments and see exactly what I need to do to be in the top group but I’m definitively struggling with my confidence and this is holding me back.”

 

After leading both training runs and settling for silver in Friday’s downhill race, Austria’s Andrea Fischbacher captured the gold with a time of 1:45.07. Fischbacher was joined on the podium by second-place finisher, Tina Maze from Slovenia who clocked 1:46.07. Friday’s maiden downhill winner, Fabienne Suter of Switzerland, rounded out the podium with a time of 1:46.20.

 

Kelly VanderBeek (Kitchener, ON), who finished Friday’s downhill race with a 23rd place, hit a bump, crossed her skis and did not finish today’s race.

 

Lindsey Vonn from the United States finished 12th today after a little bobble and recovery at the top of the course. This result allowed Vonn to gain an untouchable 111 point lead ahead of her closest downhill contender, Dominique Gisin from Switzerland who finished ninth in today’s race. This is Vonn’s second consecutive downhill title, becoming only the second American to do so after Picabo Street (1995-96).

Brydon currently sits 14th with 106 points in the World Cup downhill standings followed by VanderBeek in 17th with 99 points. With only the top 25 racers in each discipline being invited to partake in the World Cup Finals in Are, SWE from March 9 to 15, Brydon and VanderBeek have secured their spots in the downhill event.

 

Concluding her season ranked 26th in downhill with 61 points, Britt Janyk missed the World Cup Finals cut off by a slim one point. Yurkiw finished the season with 32 points in 33rd place.

 

“It will be very difficult to be in the stands for the downhill,” said Janyk who had achieved a career best World Cup ranking in the discipline last season, finishing third with 390 points. “I have to use this motivation and energy to fuel my efforts for the summer training. I know what I need to work on and look forward to turning things around in preparation for next winter.”


The women will compete for a third and final time on Bulgarian snow on Sunday for a super G. This will mark the final speed race of the World Cup season for the ladies prior to the World Cup Finals.

 

“On Sunday, the race will start lower, right where the steeps begin. This will be a great opportunity to attack, go for it, and lay it all on the line,” said Janyk, who remains the top Canadian in the super G standings in 14th with 98 points.

 

BANSKO, BUL – FEB. 28, 2009 – DOWNHILL – LADIES

Rank

Bib

Name

YOB

Nation

Time

 1

 19

FISCHBACHER Andrea 

1985 

AUT 

 1:45.81

 2

 14

MAZE Tina 

1983 

SLO 

 1:46.07

 3

 3

SUTER Fabienne 

1985 

SUI 

 1:46.20

 4

 8

GUT Lara 

1991 

SUI 

 1:46.43

 5

 16

FANCHINI Nadia 

1986 

ITA 

 1:46.61

 6

 4

ROLLAND Marion 

1982 

FRA 

 1:47.07

 7

 10

GOERGL Elisabeth 

1981 

AUT 

 1:47.29

 8

 18

RIESCH Maria 

1984 

GER 

 1:47.52

 9

 17

GISIN Dominique 

1985 

SUI 

 1:47.73

 10

 7

MANCUSO Julia 

1984 

USA 

 1:47.83

-

 

 

 

 

 

 21

 15

JANYK Britt 

1980 

CAN 

 1:49.54

 22

 9

BRYDON Emily 

1980 

CAN 

 1:49.58

 30

 31

YURKIW Larisa 

1988 

CAN 

 1:50.74

Did not finish 1st run

 

 

 

 

 13

VANDERBEEK Kelly 

1983 

CAN 

 

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