Not only did he win the first World Cup gold since the late 1980s, but he became the first Canadian to win a World Cup on Lake Louise snow. "I was telling one of my friends that if I could ever win a World Cup, it would be the one at home," said John Kucera, who had never finished higher than 12th place on the World Cup circuit. Kucera finished the super-G six seconds in front Austria's Mario Scheiber and couldn't be caught by Bode Miller nor Hermann Maier, who finished fourth. His World Cup gold came on the tails of teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis snapping up the silver in the men's downhill.