Canadian Erik Guay, who stunned last year to win the world championships super-G at age 35, will miss the Olympics due to back problems, according to his social media.
The three-time Olympian raced four times this season, but none since Dec. 16, with a top finish of 12th. He underwent an MRI later in December that revealed an annular rupture at his L4 vertabra.
His best Winter Games finish was fourth in the 2006 Olympic super-G.
Guay’s world title in the super-G last season marked his first win of any kind since March 1, 2014. The Montreal native became the oldest world champion in any Alpine event.
He also took silver in the downhill at worlds, six years after he won the world title in that event.
The Olympic favorites in the downhill and super-G include Norwegians Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud and Swiss Beat Feuz.
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After a difficult season battling back problems it’s with a heavy heart that today I have made the decision not to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Korea. I’d like to thank my team behind the scenes, partners, sponsors, fans and of course my family for their amazing support and I’d like to wish Team Canada the very best of luck in the forthcoming Games.