Janyk finishes 9th in Tarvisio downhill

TARVISIO, ITA (March 5, 2011) – Canada’s Britt Janyk breathed a sigh of relief Saturday after producing her best result of the season in downhill, a ninth-place finish at Tarvisio, Italy, that ensured she has qualified for the World Cup finals in two weeks.

Janyk, of Whistler, B.C., sped down the fast course in a time of one minute, 28.65 seconds. Due to heavy snow on Thursday, the downhill run was shorter than originally planned.

“The race was good,” said the 30-year-old Janyk. “It’s a fun hill here, it’s not super technical but there is good terrain and good jumps. I felt confidence going in today. I felt comfortable in air and over the jumps and I think that was an advantage.

“Because the race didn’t start from the top, it was going to be tight and I knew I was going to have to fight for every hundredth of a second. During my run I tried to tuck as much as I could and ski nice and clean. It’s definitely nice be back in the top 10 in downhill.”

Prior to Saturday’s result, Janyk’s best downhill finish this season was a 13th place result at Val d’Isère, France, in December.

“Today just clicked,” added Janyk. “My skis were running really well here all week. It’s also a track that I’ve run before and I think I just felt kind of irritated with the races in Are and I just wanted to come out here and race hard. There was a lot of frustration these past couple of months. I know that I can finish in the top five and top 10 in downhill and to finish in the twenties is frustrating.”

Saturday’s winner, Anja Pearson from Sweden, clocked a time of 1:26.91. The USA’s Lindsey Vonn finished second (1:27.64) and grabbed her second Crystal Globe in two days with 600 points in downhill – 143 ahead of Germany’s Maria Riesch, who was sixth Saturday. Third place was secured by Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl with a time of 1:28.08.

The track in Tarvisio is not very technical but in order to go fast the ladies need to be good gliders.

“Britt had a great day today,” said ladies head coach Hugues Ansermoz. “This is a track where every extra pound of muscle is an advantage and Britt was one of the fastest lighter girls today.

“Today we saw a Britt that attacked a lot and she fought for every hundredth. We also saw a Britt that took some risks like we hadn’t seen so far this year.”

Janyk is 16th in the downhill rankings, meaning she has qualified for the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in two weeks.

“Before the race today, Britt wasn’t qualified for the World Cup finals,” added Ansermoz. “She needed a great result to qualify and she did. It was a big day for her and the team.”

The downhill race will be on CBC’s main network Saturday starting at 2 p.m. ET.

The ladies will take part in a super-G race Sunday and the men will race the slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The slalom will be shown on Rogers Sportsnet Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

TARVISIO, ITA – MARCH 5, 2011 – DOWNHILL – LADIES
RANK BIB NAME YOB NAT TIME
1 19 PAERSON Anja 1981 SWE 1:26.91
2 21 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA 1:27.64
3 18 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT 1:28.08
4 14 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO 1:28.14
5 9 JACQUEMOD Ingrid 1978 FRA 1:28.20
6 16 RIESCH Maria 1984 GER 1:28.22
7 11 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA 1:28.30
8 23 ABDERHALDEN Marianne 1986 SUI 1:28.56
9 5 JANYK Britt 1980 CAN 1:28.65
10 17 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA 1:28.75

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