Erik Guay’s teammates call him the “King of Garmisch”.
In January 2012, the 30-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Qubec., overcame a near-crash to race to a second-place finish in a World Cup downhill on the same course in southern Germany where he claimed his world championship title last year. He now has five World Cup podiums in Garmisch.
“I don’t know the exact reason why Garmisch works for me,” says Guay. “I just feel like I’m unstoppable when I get here, from the training runs to the race, to whatever the conditions are.”
In Guay’s best events, the speed events of Super G and Downhill, he has 16 World Cup podiums. His first podium came in November 2003, when he finished 2nd in a downhill at Lake Louise. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Guay, who suffered an injury two weeks before the Olympic Games, had to withdraw from the downhill but finished in fourth place in the Super G. 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.