One of Erik Guay's first memories is of snow: it was 30 degrees below zero in Mont Tremblant in January 1986, and he was just four years old and out sleding with the family. Since that time, snow, ice and adrenaline rushes have featured heavily in Erik’s life.
"There’s nothing like skiing in the world," he says. "When you’re doing a downhill and you’re going 165kph, and you lean in as far as you can and you just can’t go in far enough with all the g-force. Then you accelerate out of the turn and you’re trying to get everything you can out of it. It’s such an amazing feeling, like you’re floating and in complete control."
Erik was five when he competed in his first ski race and, when he was 12, his father, himself a ski team coach, took him for professional coaching. Even today, they still sit together to study the video footage of Erik's runs, puzzling over the decisive fractions of a second: "Dad's my hero," says Erik. "He taught me everything I know."
His reward: a collection of World Cup podiums, victories, the 2010 Super-G crystal globe and the 2011 Downhill World Championship in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Is there anything left to dream of, we ask? "A Ferrari Enzo and a castle in Whistler," he answers.