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Last rodeo for Canadian Cowboys as Osborne-Pardis skies off into sunset

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Manny Osborne-Paradis, the final of the Canadian Cowboys, skied off into the sunset on Saturday, leaving the nation’s subsequent era of World Cup downhillers to blaze their very own path.

Forged from the mould of the Crazy Canucks, Osborne-Paradis formally retired in October 2020, however when COVID-19 stored the World Cup from staging races at Lake Louise final 12 months was by no means given the possibility to take a remaining bow.

Wearing a wrangler’s chaps, white cowboy hat and waving a Canadian flag, Osborne-Paradis obtained his goodbye on Saturday when he was accorded a ceremonial journey down the observe that gave him his first World Cup podium and certainly one of three profession wins.

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It additionally represented the symbolic finish to one of many nice eras of Canadian alpine snowboarding, passing the torch to a brand new group keen to depart their mark.

“The Original Six, Johnny (Kucera) Erik (Guay), myself, Francois (Bourque), Mike (Janyk) and Jan (Hudec), it’s like it’s totally the end of an era,” smiled Osborne-Paradis. “Yeah, it’s done.

“It’s not about us now. They must construct up their very own tales.”

The Crazy Canucks and Canadian Cowboys captured the imagination of ski fans around the world for a fearless, take-no-prisoners, go for broke style that became their trademark.

No skier symbolized those qualities more than Osborne-Paradis, who reached the World Cup podium 11 times and won a bronze in the super-G at the 2017 world championships, but paid the price for that success with a run of gruesome crashes.

The last time Osborne-Paradis had skied the Lake Louise layout was a 2018 training run that ended in a horrific spill and him being helicoptered off the mountain.

His mangled left leg was put back together with 13 screws, bone cement and a hip bone taken from a cadaver.

“The factor that I didn’t suppose could be an important factor, but it surely was, was going by means of the end line yet another time,” said Osborne-Paradis. “That was like an excellent closing chapter as a result of the final time I took a helicopter.”

The next generation of Canadian downhillers has a legacy to live up to and long way to go.

In Saturday’s downhill won by Austrian Matthias Mayer only James Crawford managed to crack the top 30 coming from a 52nd start number to finish 24th.

Brodie Seger was 31st and Jeffrey Read, the son of Crazy Canuck Ken Read, 39th.

“I began with this group when a few the Cowboys have been nonetheless simply ending up. Manny was nonetheless their, Erik was nonetheless there,” said Kucera, the Cowboy turned Canadian downhill coach. “These guys have been simply form of coming into the World Cup as these guys have been heading out.

“You have the Crazy Canucks, it started there and the Canadian Cowboys, Canada just seems to have these generational groups that cycle through this is another one.

“But it has to occur organically. You cannot simply go, ‘You guys are dubbed this or that.'”

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Reporting by Steve Keating in Lake Louise; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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