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“It was an incredibly difficult decision to stay home from the Olympics,” said Guay. “Despite everything we did, I do not feel I can attend the Games and be at a competitive performance level that I would be proud representing Canada with.
“I am so thankful for the support behind me. My family, fans and sponsors have been incredible to me and I cannot thank all of them enough for their never-ending backing. I will be cheering on all of Team Canada from home, especially my teammates at Alpine Canada.”
The 36-year-old revealed in December he had a ruptured disc in his back, and would skip a couple of World Cups to recover.
However, as recently as mid-January, Guay indicated he was still planning to ski in the Olympics despite his back pain.
“I can definitely say I will not be there,” Guay said. “This was my final shot at the Olympic Games. As far as whether I’ll continue next year or not, that’s still a question mark. I think the remainder of the season is probably going to be finished for me.”
Guay said that back issues of varying degrees have plagued him throughout the season. Guay added he knew that things weren’t progressing the way he hoped, but he wanted to wait until the last minute before making the final call on the Olympics.
World Champion <a href=”https://twitter.com/erikguay?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@erikguay</a> made a tough decision today, pulls out of <a href=”https://twitter.com/pyeongchang2018?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@pyeongchang2018</a> to continue healing his back.<br>Heal well Erik! <a href=”https://t.co/iPGy83Xpdd”>https://t.co/iPGy83Xpdd</a>
“It would be a shame to go out this way though,” he said. “I have it in my mind that I’d like to continue next year.”