Thirty year-old Jan Hudec of Calgary won Gold in posting a time of 2:03.25. Austria’s Romed Baumann won Silver with a time of 2:03.78, and Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec finished third with a time of 2:03.88.
Ben Thomsen of Invermere, British Columbia also skied extremely well by finishing in fifth place.
This was Hudec’s second career victory. He previously won in Lake Louise in November, 2007. Hudec also has a Silver medal on his resume from the 2007 World Alpine Skiing Championships in Are, Sweden.
Since 2008, Hudec has had an injury plagued career, undergoing numerous knee surgeries and back problems. Hudec’s outstanding performance in Chamonix Saturday, host city of the 1924 Olympic Winter Games, was a symbol of tenacity, courage, and self-discipline.
According to the Associated Press, Hudec woke up this morning feeling great and no pain whatsoever.
With the win, Hudec moved to ninth in the World Cup Standings, and Guay moved to sixth with his Bronze medal performance. Didier Cuche of Switzerland continues to lead.
The next World Cup downhill is in Sochi, Russia next Saturday.