Janyks historic bronze medal anchors another solid weekend for Canada

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Bring on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.
Michael Janyk of Whistler, B.C., made Canadian ski history Sunday by capturing a bronze medal in the men's slalom event at the world championships. Janyk became the first Canadian male to earn a medal in a technical ski event and says that's only bolstered his confidence heading into next year's Winter Games.
''For sure it will bring more pressure to next year,'' Janyk said. ''As I see it, not many athletes get the chance to race in their hometown, especially in their home country for the Olympics.
''No matter what the pressure and no matter what the outcome I'm ready for it. Right now in this moment, it gives me a lot of confidence knowing I can perform on a big day.''
No Canadian has ever won Olympic gold on home soil. But Janyk's accomplishment capped yet another outstanding weekend for Canada on the world stage and provided more positive signs that this country's dubious gold medal streak could end next year in B.C.
Alexandre Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., won a World Cup freestyle ski men's moguls event in Are, Sweden on Friday and led a Canadian sweep of the medals. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Drummondville, Que., was second, followed by Vincent Marquis of Quebec City. And Jennifer Heil of Spruce Grove, Alta., added silver in the women's event.
Also on Friday, Mike Robertson of Canmore, Alta., claimed a silver medal in the men's World Cup snowboardcross event at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, B.C. That will be the site of the Olympic snowboard competition next year.
In Moscow on Saturday, Steve Omischl of Kelowna, B.C., finished fifth in a World Cup freestyle ski aerials event but still clinched the overall title.
Meanwhile in Dresden, Germany, Remi Beaulieu-Tinker of Alma, Que., captured a bronze medal Saturday in a World Cup men's 1,500-metre short-track speedskating race.
And also Sunday, Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., and Ottawa's Kristina Groves earned Canada two more World Cup long-track speedskating medals in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Nesbitt earned a silver medal in the women's 1,500-metre event, finishing just ahead of Groves, who was third over 5,000 metres Saturday.

Geographic location: Canada, West Vancouver, Whistler Rosemere Sweden Drummondville Quebec City Spruce Grove Canmore Cypress Mountain Moscow Kelowna Dresden Germany Alma London, Ont. Ottawa Heerenveen Netherlands

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