Invermere’s Manny Osborne-Paradis has hit the podium again, finishing second at last weekend’s World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway.
Mr. Osborne-Paradis blasted down the course in 1:29.95, just 0.3 seconds behind winner Hannes Reichelt on Saturday, Mar 7th in the second last downhill of the World Cup season. It was the second World Cup podium this season for Mr. Osborne-Paradis, who finished second in the downhill at Lake Louise in November.
“I like the course,” Mr. Osborne-Paradis told CBC after the race. “You can take the risk. It’s not a death-defying race by any stretch. You have to know when to push it and when you can just take it easy. It’s a great course for me.”
Mr. Osborne Paradis has a good track record on Kvitfjell, with this past weekend being his third podium finish there. He came second in 2013 in the Super G there, and won the downhill there in 2009.
Well that was fun! Heck ya Kvitfjell getting my confidence back, Mr. Osborne-Paradis tweeted shortly after the race.
This season started on a good note for Mr. Osborne-Paradis, with the second place finish in Lake Louise, but since then he’s struggled, with two major crashes in races in February.
On Twitter fellow Canadian alpine skier Jan Hudec congratulated Mr. Osborne-Paradis for his patience on working through the crashes to come back and get on the podium.