Date of Birth:  August 5, 1981
 Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
 Residence: Mont-Tremblant, QC
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'10"
 Weight: 185 lbs.

With a father who is currently a coach on the Quebec Alpine Team, and a mother who is also a ski instructor, it's not too surprising that one of Canada's best hopes for an alpine skiing medal, Erik Guay, chose to pursue a life on the slopes.

A natural, Guay was turning on skis at the age of one when most other children his age were learning to walk. By the age five, he was already racing.

As a 17-year-old, he joined the national alpine programme and. by 2002, was already one of the country's top skiers, winning both the super-G and downhill at the Canadian Championships. It was in 2003 that Guay also began to enjoy some international success, coming in sixth-place in those same events at the World Championships, and picking up his first podium finish, a silver in a downhill race at Lake Louise, AB.

Unfortunately, a terrible fall in 2004, in which Guay badly hurt his knee, would put a brief halt to his rise up the world's racing rankings. After rehabbing the injury for almost a year, Guay returned to a full schedule on the World Cup in 2005-06. Through mid-January, he already had six Top-10 finishes, including three podiums (two silvers and a bronze).

Along with his older brother Kristian (a former national team member) and younger sibling Stefan (a current national teammate), Erik continues to make Team Guay proud. And with all that family backing, perhaps Guay will be ready to finally step to the top of the podium in Turin in 2006.

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