​A wry smile drifts across the face of Manny Osborne-Paradis when a reporter asks the 33-year-old speed skier if he has grown up. "I think I've been growing up slowly but surely every year," he says, while breaking into laughter during an interview with CBC Sports at a downtown Toronto hotel. Osborne-Paradis, Guay lead Canadian team into new season Osborne-Paradis narrowly misses podium in season finale ​From his earliest days on the World Cup circuit, Osborne-Paradis has been "Mr. Joe Cool," a fun-loving athlete with a larger-than-life personality. But looking back at his career, he wishes he wasn't so resistant to help in his athletic endeavours. "I needed to have more conversations about how to be better and let people in to help me. When I needed help, people weren't there because they didn't think I was helping myself, and I think I needed to inspire them a little more," says Osborne-Paradis. "I think since we made an administration change I've been more focused." Osborne-Paradis, who makes his season debut in men's downhill at Lake Louise, Alta., on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 2 p.m. ET), is referring to Burkhard Schaffer's return in December 2014 as head coach of the Canadian men's speed team after eight years working with other countries. Dustin Cook confident he'll be 'on top of the world' again The first training run was cancelled Wednesday because heavy snowfall overnight and warm temperatures hovering at freezing made the course too soft to test. Training runs are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. "I learned a lot from my other coaches," adds Osborne-Paradis, "but I jibe with [Schaffer] a lot better. Everything's about working toward a common goal. When I first made the World Cup [in January 2005] I was skiing with him. I think he was the reason for the success of John Kucera, myself, Erik [Guay] and Jan [Hudec]. It's great we got him back." Under Schaffer, the Canadian men won 12 World Cup medals in the 2006-07 season and another medal at the 2007 world championships, including Osborne-Paradis' first-ever World Cup medal, a downhill silver at Lake Louise. Since then, Osborne-Paradis has recorded two World Cup victories and 10 World Cup