Kjetil Jansrud from Norway was a giant at last year’s Lake Louise World Cup, racing to victory in both the downhill and super-g races. He’s back to try to do it again this weekend!
Sadly Canadian racer Jan Hudec is having knee trouble again. He’s had 8 knee operations and after having to skip his 2nd training run yesterday, pulled out of the downhill on Saturday, although there is a slight chance he could run the shorter Super-G.
Hudec won the downhill in Lake Louise in 2007. Canada’s lone home stop on the World Cup downhill circuit is special to him because of the support the host team gets.
In addition to the usual motivations racing at home, Hudec’s plan this weekend was to race with a helmet designed for him by 10-year-old Dylan Kwan.
The helmet, featuring a fierce panda bear, fetched a bid of $15,000 for pediatric liver research at a fundraiser. Kwan, who has a liver condition called biliary atresia, will travel to Lake Louise.
“I think I can make it up to Dylan in other ways,” Hudec said. “It’ll give me time to hang out with him and actually spend time with him in the finish and critique all the racers together.
Manny Osborne-Paradis of Invermere, B.C., was second in last year’s downhill. He had problems out of the start gate Thursday and was way back in 50th.