February 16, 2014 2:55 am
Updated: February 16, 2014 1:57 pm

Jan Hudec wins bronze medal for Canada in men’s alpine super-G

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A lucky loonie buried at the finish line of the men’s super-G competition may have helped Canadian Jan Hudec make history.

Calgary’s Jan Hudec won an Olympic bronze medal for Canada in men’s alpine skiing super-G, becoming the first Canadian to do so in 20 years.

WATCH: Hudec says he buried a loonie at the finish line to give him luck in the competition

Hudec posted an image to Instagram of him planting the lucky coin at the finish line before the race began.

Hudec crossed the finish line with a time of 1.18.67 to tie American skier Bode Miller Sunday morning.

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud took the gold with a time of 1.18.14, just ahead of American Andrew Weibrecht, who won silver.

Hudec’s medal ended Canada’s 20-year-drought in men’s alpine skiing. The last Canadian to win an Olympic medal in alpine was Ed Podivinsky, who won a bronze in at the 1994 Games in Lilehammer.

The rest of the Canadian skiers weren’t able to get close to the podium. Whistler’s Morgan Pridy came in 10th place,  and Manny Osborne-Paradis came in 24th place.

Erik Guay, considered a medal favourite heading into the event, missed a gate during his run and ended with a DNF.

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