Erik Guay, alpine skiing one of the most decorated of Canada, decided to go & # 39; away from the sport effective immediately.
Guay made the announcement on Thursday, hours before it was to compete in skatjat & # 39; World Cup team in Lake Louise, Alta. It is ready to make its farewell run through the super-G on Sunday.
The native & # 39; & # 39 Montreal; 37 years had already said that this was his last season, but admitted that the violent collision & # 39; Wednesday from teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis brought his decision.
Alpine Canada says Osborne-Paradis is "doing well" following sustained during run & # 39; training. He was removed from the hill by helicopter and will not compete this weekend.
"Yes, it had an impact, absolutely," said Guay to CBC Sports on Thursday.
"We start just a few numbers after Manny yesterday when I heard that he was ġarraf and needed to be moved by air. I knew something bad happened, and I understand myself in his situation, and it was just thought, 'Oh man, if that happened to me now, I do not know if I have the power to organize that process & # 39; rehab ". And so I think that kind of & # 39; help me get over that edge."
@manny_ski Osborne Paradis is the most rider & # 39; ski suffering crash & # 39; training. Canadian Veteran taken from the mountains through & # 39; helicopter while he was being trained with the team in Lake Louise. Sources say that being treated at the base of patrollers & amp; Doctors and seems to injury & # 39; knee. pic.twitter.com/H9d5LasCKg
Guay says sport & # 39; high risk such as alpine skiing requires mental and physical commitment.
"I was not as pleased as I cherish. Usually, I igawduha so when I go skiing and when I'm in the starting gate, and I enjoy that anxiety and nervous feeling, and I was not" It nibqax more. My head was back home rather than on the hill, where it should be. "
Erik Guay retires with no regrets:
Guay is married & # 39; four & # 39; young children, and for him, the attraction & # 39; & # 39 participation in, international competitions & # 39; ski lost its luster.
"I find it difficult to be on the road," says Guay. "I find it difficult to & # 39; far from it [my family] all the time. And then it kind of & # 39; tug in my heart every time you leave for over a week. "
During his career, Guay was relatively b & # 39; & # 39 in robust, less a sport that requires maximum risk taken by & # 39; maximum speeds.
Yes, had crashes, including spectacular splash at the World Cup event of the men of 2017, which saw him caught at edge & # 39; 115 km / h.
And there were injuries, such as back injury went to the 2018 Winter Olympics in & # 39; Pyeongchang, Korea t & # 39; South.
But more than anything, there were achievements. Guay may not be a household name, but maybe he made the mountain more than any Canadian skier. This includes famous Crazy Canuck Steve Podborski and Ken Read members.
The World champion Erik Guay led at the end:
The numbers are impressive. The 25 platforms of the World Cup Guay are over Canadian alpine skier. Guay also has two world titles – down in 2011 and the years super-G.
"There's so much to draw attention in & # 39; many different ways, so not everyone knows the name & # 39; Erik," says CBC Sports ski Analyst Kelly Vanderbeek, calling Guay "the Gretzky Wayne of & # 39 ; skiing ".
"I am exceptionally saddened by [the news of his retirement], Simply because it is better than any other man had ever skier.
Vanderbeek says success & # 39; high & # 39; Guay over many years is unparalleled. While other Canadian skiers performed a similar level, Vanderbeek stresses that Guay made with & # 39; most consistent and owns the "X factor".
No Olympic medal
The only thing that Guay m & # 39; it has an Olympic medal. His best result was fourth Olympic & # 39; place in super-G at the Games & # 39; 2006 f & # 39; Turin, Italy. He missed the podium with & # 39; of & # 39 1.1; seconds.
Failure & # 39; success in the biggest stage in the world could & # 39; reduced his potential star power, but it never seemed to bother him.
"Often we show in & # 39; these Olympics is supposed to be the biggest event in the world, but in reality, is a bit of & # 39; show a & # 39; Mickey Mouse", he said in & # 39; 2017 interview.
Erik Guay retirement "does not make sense jirriskjah"
Headed for retirement, his opinion has not changed.
"I have so many great memories, and you know, I think I let the sport with a very positive vibe."
Guay was always about winning, irrespective of race, leaving everything on the hill.
"I want to be competitive, but I do not ninsabux here to destroy my time. I do not want nemm all 20 years. I want to be on the podium," says Guay
But his legacy is & # 39; or about more than medals podium.
Erik Guay: "When Manny crashed, I thought I take the elevator down"
"For myself personally, I think it started, really, with Crazy Canucks. I think [they] founded the Canadian ski racing This was & # 39; inspiration for me, "says Guay.
"And I just hope that I & # 39; will return & # 39; return the favor. I hope urged some young racers there to enable better, and continue to achieve their goals are in the World Cup, and win the world Cup and represent our country all over the world. and I think this is the legacy that I would quit. "