Erik Guay put an end to his World Cup misery on Saturday after winning his first race in just under four years with a downhill triumph in Val Gardena, Italy
It had been a long wait for the 32-year old who last tasted success on the World Cup circuit in a super G in Garmisch, Germany in March 2010.
But the speed specialist was back in the winners circle on Saturday and deservedly so.
Val Gardena has proved happy hunting ground for Guay, who had previously reached the podium on four occasions although a victory at the Italian resort had always eluded him…until now.
The 2010 Super G world cup champion bombed down the classic but tricky Saslong course in a winning time of 1 minute, 56.65 seconds.
Guay claimed his fourth career world cup victory by 0.12 seconds over Kjetil Jansrud of Norway while Frenchman Johan Clarey was third.
Guay is now second in the downhill standings 53 points behind Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who also leads the overall classification.
Svindal was only fourth on the day but remains in a good position to win his third Crystal Globe.