Tony Care - Monday Dec. 30, 2013 13:12 ET

Canada closes gap on Russia in World Cup standings

Eric Guay pushes Canadians to 62 medals, 1 shy of 3rd place

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Canadian skier Erik Guay eclipsed Cazy Canuck legend Steve Podborski with his 21st career podium result on Sunday in Bormio, Italy. (Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters)

With the Christmas break offering a light weekend schedule, there was very little movement in the World Cup standings.

But Canada (62), on the strength of skier Erik Guay’s bronze performance, is within one medal of Russia (63) for third place.

Guay earned an historic third-place finish in the men’s World Cup downhill on Sunday in Bormio, Italy. It was the Mont-Tremblant, Que., native’s 21st career podium result, eclipsing the Canadian record previously held by Crazy Canuck legend Steve Podborski. 

Guay’s accomplishment came one week after he won the downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy.

The only movement in the World Cup standings happened as Austria (50) leapfrogged Norway (47) for sixth place.

Here’s how the top 10 nations stack up:

Olympic Countdown Medal Tracker (as of Dec. 30)

1. USA

Gold: 43
Silver:
35
Bronze:
40
Total:
118

Previous Rank:
1


2. GERMANY

Gold: 27
Silver:
29
Bronze:
20
Total:
76

Previous Rank:
2


3. RUSSIA

Gold: 14
Silver:
30
Bronze:
19
Total:
63

Previous Rank:
3


4. CANADA

Gold: 23
Silver:
21
Bronze:
18
Total:
62

Previous Rank:
4


5. KOREA

Gold: 21
Silver:
16
Bronze:
13
Total:
50

Previous Rank:
5


6. AUSTRIA

Gold: 13
Silver:
14
Bronze:
23
Total:
50

Previous Rank:
7


7. Norway

Gold: 20
Silver:
11
Bronze:
16
Total:
47

Previous Rank:
6


8. NETHERLANDS

Gold: 16
Silver:
11
Bronze:
18
Total:
45

Previous Rank:
8


9. CHINA

Gold: 12
Silver:
13
Bronze:
15
Total:
40

Previous Rank:
9


10. JAPAN

Gold: 14
Silver:
10
Bronze:
15
Total:
39

Previous Rank:
10

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