Many big names in men’s slalom skied out of Sunday’s (Jan. 13) World Cup race at Adelboden, Switzerland, including Whistler’s Mike Janyk.
Janyk registered a DNF on the first run for a third consecutive race and remains in search of his first World Cup points of the year. The 30-year-old appeared to catch a rut on the upper section of the course and was thrown off his line, unable to make the next gate.
“Mike made a tactical error that put him out,” said Pete Bosinger, the Canadian men’s team head coach. “I think he was probably skiing quite well but that (result) was no what we were looking for. He needs full runs and we need him to be well inside the top 30.”
World Cup winners Benjamin Raich and Reinfried Herbst of Austria, Swedes Andre Myhrer and Jens Byggmark, and Italy’s Christian Deville were among some of the other top-30 starters who were unable to finish one of Sunday’s two runs.
Austria finished one-two on the podium, with Marcel Hirscher taking the win by three-tenths over teammate Mario Matt. First-run leader Manfred Moelgg of Italy finished third.
Queens Bay skier Sasha Zaitsoff was the top Canadian on Sunday, finishing 39th. After five races, the Canadian men have yet to have a skier advance to a second run.
Read more in Thursday’s (Jan. 17) edition of The Question.