At the age of 35 years and six months, Erik Guay became the oldest ever alpine skiing world champion, beating Hannes Reichelt, who was 34 years and 7 months old. In fact, Erik Guay claimed a world title for the second time in his career (the first was in the downhill event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2011) at the 2017 World Championship in St. Moritz. A Canadian Alpine skier, his World Cup debut was on 10 December 2000.
Since then he has had a series of positive results, right up to 11 March 2010 when he was awarded the World Cup in Super G for the 2009-2010 season, making him the second Canadian to win a men’s specialty Cup, 28 years after the success of Steve Podborski in downhill. Yet his passion for snow dates much further back, to when he was four years old and playing on his sled in the snow near his home. At five years old he took part in his first skiing competition and when he was twelve, his father became a trainer on his ski team. To this day, Erik’s father remains his greatest hero and the person to whom he owes everything he knows.