According to Michelle Ferguson of the Calgary Sun, Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Vancouver, British Columbia won the silver medal in a World Cup men’s downhill alpine ski race at Lake Louise, Alberta, an hour west of Calgary on Saturday. The race was the first men’s downhill race of the 2014-15 International Ski Federation (FIS) season.
Osborne-Paradis posted a time of 1:50.34. Guillermo Fayed of France also posted a second place time of 1:50.34. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway meanwhile won the race with a time of 1:50.20.
For Osborne-Paradis, it was his tenth podium finish in his world cup career. He previously won the men’s super giant slalom world cup race at Lake Louise, Alberta on November 29, 2009 and was second in a men’s downhill race (behind Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein) at Lake Louise, Alberta on November 25, 2006.
According to Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kerrin-Lee Gartner of CBC Sports, the crowd for the downhill at Lake Louise was small. A major reason for the low attendance this year was probably the weather conditions. There was a total of 50cm of snow in Lake Louise this past week, and there was no training run for the downhill for two days because of the very wintery conditions.
From a production standpoint, CBC made a major mistake in broadcasting their taped delayed World Cup race to Canadian viewers. Approximately four minutes before the network showed Jansrud’s winning run, they showed a graphic of the leaders with Jansrud in first place. So when Jansrud went down the hill, the audience already knew Jansrud’s winning result. The problem could have been completely corrected if the network would have shown the race live instead of on taped delay by an hour.
The podium finish is a solid result for Osborne-Paradis as he prepares for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Osborne-Paradis is part of a veteran Canadian alpine ski team that includes Olympic bronze medalist Jan Hudec of Calgary and world champion Erik Guay of Montreal.