Erik Guay proved to be the fastest skier of Thursday’s practice run in Val d’Isère, the first leg of the men’s World Cup alpine ski circuit.
The Quebecker advanced the Italian Peter Fill by 0.03 seconds on the course Oreiller-Killy, length of 3.4 km. Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who turned out to be the fastest in the first practice run Wednesday, was third at 0.86 seconds.
On his return to the World Cup circuit, the Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal was content with the 11th time.
Svindal injured his right knee in January after suffering a fall at Kitzbühel, Austria, allowing Fill to grab the crystal globe downhill.
The Val d’Isère World Cup will start on Friday with the presentation of the super-G, which will be followed by the descent on Saturday. The French Alpine resort is the scene of the first event of the season after the stop at Beaver Creek, Colorado, was canceled due to lack of snow.