On the threshold of what could very well be his final season of racing, the most-decorated alpine skier in Canadian history acknowledges that he is not yet satisfied.
by David Compa
On a mild and misty morning in the Canadian Rockies, the best skiers on the planet prowl the lobby of the magnificent Chateau Lake Louise like caged lions. For the second consecutive day, training runs for the opening World Cup speed race of the season have been cancelled. WATCH LIVE | Road to the Olympic Games: Men's downhill on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET There is nothing to do but work out and wait. Erik Guay, the most decorated alpine athlete in Canadian history, arrives right on time in order to be interviewed. "Thanks for coming all this way," he says intently, while shaking hands. Erik Guay on what it would mean to become an Olympic champion10:52 Guay, now 36, has won five races and finished on the podium 24 times over the course of his World Cup career. He's captured a season title in the super-G and also been world champion twice. Guay claimed the downhill crown in 2011 in Garmisch, Germany, and the super-G gold medal this past March in St. Moritz, Switzerland, thus becoming the oldest world champion in alpine skiing history. He also won a silver medal in the downhill at St. Moritz. But now, on the threshold of what could very well be his final season of racing, Guay acknowledges he is not yet satisfied. An elusive pursuit "It's the elusive Olympic medal that most motivates me," he deadpans. "I've been so close so many times. To bring a medal home for Canada from the Olympics would be special…especially at my age." Indeed, Guay has missed that precious Olympic medal by mere hundredths of a second – three times. There was the super-G in 2006 in Torino, Italy, and twice, in both the downhill and super-G, in Vancouver in 2010. The impending Olympics in Pyeongchang will be the fourth and final appearance at the Games for Guay. "I think if I walk away from the Olympics with a medal it will define my career, I mean, that's what people will remember," he reckons. 5 Things About Erik Guay1:54 "On the other hand, if I don't walk away from the Games with an Olympic podium finish, I'll still be proud of myself. I've had an illustrious career with some highlights and some big moments. If it doesn't happen, that will just have to be the one that got away." Guay, is