Erik Guay had the fastest time for Canada in the alpine qualifying run, finishing in seventh place.
A two-time veteran of the downhill Olympic event, Guay is striving to win the gold this time.
He is considered a favourite for team Canada and will be looking to improve his time over the next two training runs.
The men and women’s downhill competitors have three training runs before the medal round on Feb. 9. Canada’s team is hoping to break a 20-year medal drought in alpine skiing.
Fellow Canadian Jan Hudec clocked in at 24th place from his run. Another favourite for team Canada, Hudec still hopes to reach the podium.
Fellow Canadians Ben Thomson’s finishing time put him in 38th place, and Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished in 42nd place.
Two Canadians competed in the women’s event: Larisa Yurkiw finished in thirteenth place, and Marie-Michele Gagnon finished in forty-sixth place.
Click below to see Erik Guay competing in 2007: