November 22, 2018 / 11:55 PM / 20 days ago

Alpine skiing-Canada's former world champion Guay retires

Nov 22 (Reuters) - Erik Guay, a double world championship gold medallist, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday after a career in which he became Canada’s most decorated alpine ski racer.

Guay, 37, earned 25 World Cup medals along with three world championship medals during a career in which he competed in three Olympics. He also captured the coveted crystal globe in 2010 as the overall World Cup leader in super-G.

“I am very proud of all that I’ve achieved and keep amazing memories of each of the races I had the privilege to compete in,” Guay said.

“There’s no doubt that becoming a world champion as a lifetime achievement and winning the FIS Crystal Globe were huge highlights.”

The father of four had already said this would be his last season but brought forward his decision after placing 69th on the first day of training for this weekend’s downhill at Lake Louise when his team mate Manuel Osborne-Paradis suffered a season-ending injury. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

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