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Erik Guay
Alpine skier
Erik Guay Hinterstoder 2011.jpg
Guay in February 2011
Disciplines Downhill, super-G
Club Mont-Tremblant
Born August 5, 1981 (1981-08-05) (age 40)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
World Cup debut December 10, 2000 (age 19)
Retired November 2018 (age 37)
Website erikguay.com
Olympics
Teams 3 – (2006, 2010, 2014)
Medals 0
World Championships
Teams 6 – (2003–17)
Medals 3 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 15 – (2003–14, 2016–18)
Wins 5 – (3 DH, 2 SG)
Podiums 24 – (17 DH, 7 SG)
Overall titles 0 – (12th in 2007)
Discipline titles 1 – (SG, 2010)

Erik Guay (born August 5, 1981) is a Canadian former World Cup alpine ski racer. Racing out of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Guay won the World Cup season title in super-G in 2010 and was the world champion in downhill in 2011, as well as in the super-G in 2017. With 25 World Cup podiums, he is the career leader for Canada.

Career

Born in Montreal, Guay was five when he competed in his first ski race, and when he was twelve his father, himself a ski team coach, took him for professional coaching.

His first podium came in November 2003, when he finished 2nd in a downhill at Lake Louise. He finished in second twice in 2005 in the super-G and third once in downhill. Guay suffered an injury two weeks before the 2006 Winter Olympics, and withdrew from the downhill but finished in fourth place in the super-G, missing the podium by a tenth of a second.

He won his first World Cup race the following season at Garmisch, Germany. He was the first Canadian to win a World Cup men's downhill race since 1994, and the first man ever from Québec. Guay's performance in alpine skiing over the 2007 season was enough to place him in third position in the final world cup standings. In 2009, Guay achieved ten top-20 finishes in World Cup speed events but reached only one podium, a third.

The 2010 Winter Olympics took place on home soil for Guay and he competed in three events in Whistler, where he narrowly missed the podium finishing in fifth place twice. Following the games, he achieved three straight podiums during March, including wins in the last two super-G races of the season, which enabled him to come from behind to win the discipline trophy in super-G in 2010 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Guay became the first Canadian man to win a crystal globe for a discipline title since Steve Podborski in 1982.

Guay struggled with knee issues during the 2011 season, forcing him to miss events at both Kitzbühel and Wengen. During the 2011 World Championships at Garmisch, Guay won the downhill after not finishing the super-G earlier in the week. The win was Guay's only World Championship medal, and the second consecutive Canadian to win the world title in downhill, following John Kucera in 2009.

Guay continued to find the podium during the 2014 season. His victory at Val Gardena in December was his fourth and the twentieth World Cup podium of his career, tying him with Steve Podborski as Canada's all-time leader. A week later he took third at Bormio to take the career lead. This boosted Guay's hopes of achieving his dream of winning an Olympic medal. Going into Sochi, Guay stated, "I won't be satisfied if I don't walk away with a medal." An injury though threatened his ability to perform at his peak after suffering a slight meniscus tear earlier in January. He finished tenth in the downhill and missed a late gate in the super-G and was disqualified. The following week, he won a downhill at Kvitfjell, Norway. Guay missed all of the 2015 season recovering from his sixth knee surgery.

At the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, Guay won the super-G event. At 35, Guay became the oldest World Champion ever, replacing incumbent super-G champion Hannes Reichelt. That weekend, Guay also placed second in the downhill event.

Guay was unable to participate in the alpine skiing events at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang because of a back injury.

Hours before Guay was supposed to compete at Lake Louise in November 2018, he decided to retire from the sport after his teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis suffered a violent crash. He had already planned to retire after the end of the season but hastened his departure after hearing that Osborne-Paradis had needed an emergency airlift.

Personal life

Guay and his wife Karen have four daughters and they live in Mont-Tremblant.

He is of Norwegian descent through one grandmother. Since 2009, Erik Guay has been part of the Tremblant athletes ambassadors program.

World Cup results

Season titles

Season Discipline
2010 Super-G

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2003 21 79 32 37
2004 22 55 24 28
2005 23 25 15 14 19
2006 24 18 47 6 11
2007 25 12 49 10 3
2008 26 18 41 6 12
2009 27 22 12 6
2010 28 13 1 13
2011 29 26 13 14
2012 30 19 12 7
2013 31 18 11 6
2014 32 13 21 3
2015 33 injured, out for season
2016 34 26 20 13
2017 35 14 9 5
2018 36 116 36

Race podiums

  • 5 wins – (3 DH, 2 SG)
  • 24 podiums – (17 DH, 7 SG)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2004 29 Nov 2003 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 2nd
2006 1 Dec 2005 United States Beaver Creek, USA Super-G 2nd
16 Dec 2005 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Super-G 2nd
17 Dec 2005 Downhill 3rd
2007 20 Jan 2007 France Val d'Isère, France Downhill 2nd
23 Feb 2007 Germany Garmisch, Germany Downhill 3rd
24 Feb 2007 Downhill 1st
10 Mar 2007 Norway Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill 2nd
15 Mar 2007  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland Super-G 3rd
2009 5 Dec 2008 United States Beaver Creek, USA Downhill 3rd
2010 7 Mar 2010 Norway Kvitfjell, Norway Super-G 1st
10 Mar 2010 Germany Garmisch, Germany Downhill 3rd
11 Mar 2010 Super-G 1st
2011 17 Dec 2010 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Super-G 3rd
11 Mar 2011 Norway Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill 2nd
2012 28 Jan 2012 Germany Garmisch, Germany Downhill 2nd
4 Feb 2012 France Chamonix, France Downhill 3rd
2013 15 Dec 2012 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 3rd
26 Jan 2013 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 2nd
2014 21 Dec 2013 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 1st
29 Dec 2013 Italy Bormio, Italy Downhill 3rd
1 Mar 2014 Norway Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill 1st
2016 16 Mar 2016  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill 3rd
2017 16 Dec 2016 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Super-G 3rd

World Championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2003 21 6 6 17
2005 23 19 22 DNS
2007 25 6 4
2009 27 19 DNF
2011 29 DNF 1
2013 31 23 DSQ
2015 33 injured, out for season
2017 35 1 2

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