Yurkiw Leads Canada Into Alpine Championship


Canada heads into the world alpine ski championship with medal potential but little momentum.

Races start Tuesday in Beaver Creek, CO, with women’s super-G.

Larisa Yurkiw, of Owen Sound, ON, hopes to build on winning the first World Cup medal of her career this season.

Former world men’s downhill champion Erik Guay and Olympic super-G bronze medallist Jan Hudec won’t compete in the world championship because of knee issues.

Manuel Osborne-Paradis won World Cup silver to open his season, but the man alongside Guay and Hudec in Canada’s “big three” had a rough January.

He hasn’t raced since crashing Jan. 18 in Wengen, Switzerland. Osborne-Paradis wiped out again a few da