Erik Guay, the 32 year old skier from Canada had a disappointing Olympics. Despite having reached the World Cup podium 19 times he placed 10th in men’s downhill and was disqualified from the super-G. Around the world, many people only watch sports such as Alpine Skiing once every 4 years: at the Olympics. When an athlete does poorly at his or her events it’s easy to write them off in future competitions. Today, Guay won his second World Cup downhill of the season in Kvitfjell, Norway. In a sport where every millisecond counts he bounced back from a disappointing Olympics with a triumphant win. He event edged out Frenchman Johan Clarey and recently crowned Olympic champion Matthias Mayer from Austria.
In an athlete’s competitive career, past victories may increase your potential in winning at any given competition but many factors come into play including coach availability, weather (for outdoor sports), injuries and sponsors. Winning the last competition doesn’t guarantee you a medal in the next. An athlete’s one performance doesn’t dictate their career and that’s why viewers shouldn’t base an athlete’s potential on one ski down the hill, one skate, or one race. Sometimes a veteran in the sport comes back and proves to the world they’ve still got what it takes to win, or sometimes an eager first time competitor surprises the rest of the field by winning a medal. Isn’t that why we watch sports? Sports have it all: the unpredictability, the drama, the pride, the injuries, the broken hearts and the tears of joy. Whatever the case may be just remember: just like how you don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge an athlete by a couple minutes of their competitive career. Congratulations Erik Guay for an impressive World Cup showing and for making Canada proud even if the whole country wasn’t watching!
Photo credits: Associated Press
About the contributor: Lea Leung is a student at York University pursuing her BA in French and Biology along with her Bachelor of Education. She’s interested in many things, such as science, music, and dance. She knows how to play several instruments such as, the piano, clarinet, trumpet, flute, drums, and the saxophone. Her past times includes volunteering, watching TV shows and reading.