This season offered a little bit of everything for Canadian skier Erik Guay.
A few nice surprises. Some crushing disappointments. And a final week to remember.
Guay, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., produced a daring run on the Kandahar course Thursday to pick up his second super-G title in less than a week.
"I'm completely ecstatic," Guay said on a conference call. "I couldn't have dreamt this in my wildest dreams."
The victory also gave him the World Cup title in the discipline, the first time a Canadian has won a crystal globe since Toronto's Steve Podborski in 1982.
"It was emotional at the finish for sure," Guay said. "I never expected (the overall title), I never thought about it, but it panned out really well."
Guay went into the race in third place, but his blistering run as snow fell on the course gave him the title. Guay, who took bronze in the downhill a day earlier, won a super-G in Norway last Sunday.
Michael Walchhofer of Austria, who led the super-G standings going into the race, finished 15th and second overall in the final standings.
Guay was 70 points behind at the start of the race.
"I needed to go as hard as I could, take as many chances as I could and I did that," Guay said. "I took a lot of risks on the way down."
Guay finished in one minute 26.36 seconds, followed by Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Kostelic made the podium in the event for the first time this season in 1:26.75. Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third.
By winning the last two of the six super-G races, Guay swept past his two rivals to claim the title with 331 points. Walchhofer had 316 points and Svindal finished with 314.
"The season could go on for another two, three weeks for me," Guay said.
His remarkable stretch of results came just a few weeks after the crushing blow of missing the Olympic podium by a whisker. He was just 0.03 away from a bronze medal at the Vancouver Games.
Guay, who has 13 career World Cup podium appearances, said he had something to prove on the Kandahar course.
"(I was) maybe a longshot for the gold medal today but anything is possible," Guay said. "I just went as hard as I could."
In the overall standings, Carlo Janka of Switzerland remained in the lead over Benjamin Raich of Austria. Raich finished in sixth place and cut the gap to 38 points. Janka tied for 11th.
"I didn't have a great race," Raich said. "I struggled with the fresh snow, but I was able to cut the gap somewhat."
The overall title will be decided in the final two races, the giant slalom and the slalom.
"We can both do well," Raich said. "Carlo is very strong in the giant, I can also be fast and maybe I have an edge in the slalom. I am not making any predictions."
Guay did not earn enough points to participate Friday.
Guay, 28, didn't know what to expect at the start of the season after battling through a back injury last summer. However, he opened the season with a surprising fourth-place finish in the super giant slalom at Lake Louise.
While the two fifth-place finishes at the Vancouver Games were painful, Guay said it was satisfying to come out on top after his efforts over the entire season.
"I was brushing away tears," Guay said. "It was tough for me to take in. I've been kind of dreaming about this moment for a long time."
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