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Crazy Canucks surpassed

BORMIO, Italy — Canada’s Erik Guay was heavily influenced by the Crazy Canucks during his formative years on the slopes.

Now he’s breaking their records.

Guay won World Cup bronze in the downhill on Sunday for his 21st career podium appearance. That broke the Canadian record by Steve Podborski, a member of the Crazy Canucks team in the 1970s and ’80s.

"Those are the racers I grew up watching and admiring," Guay said. "It’s special."

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the Olympic season.

The Norwegian clocked one minute 54.08 seconds to finish 0.39 seconds ahead of Hannes Reichelt of Austria. Guay was 0.51 seconds back in third, for a strong follow-up to his downhill victory in Val Gardena a week ago.

 

Dodgers peeved at Puig

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is "very disappointed" with his behaviour in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.

The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig’s behaviour "is a very serious issue to us." The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.

Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.

Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the off-season.

 

Schild sets slalom mark

LIENZ, Austria — Overcoming several injury-plagued seasons, Marlies Schild of Austria finally set the best mark for most World Cup slalom victories Sunday by winning her 35th race to overtake Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list.

The 32-year-old Schild is a four-time World Cup slalom champion, but she missed a host of races after breaking a leg in 2008 and then tore ligaments last year. That meant she was stuck on 33 slalom wins for close to two years until winning in Courchevel, France, this month.

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish. Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was 11th to lock up a spot for the Sochi Olympics.

— from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2013 c10

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