Larisa Yurkiw believed she should compete with the best in the world in the Olympics, and shell get that chance Wednesday in the womens downhill at Rosa Khutor. AShawn Robinson Jersey . When the best Canadian womens speed racers from the 2010 Winter Olympics soon retired and Yurkiw endured injury woes with after effects that extended into years, official Alpine Canada funding dried up. The dollars were targeted at the emerging women on the team, all technical specialists. Yurkiw poured tens of thousands of her own dollars into a bid to make the Sochi Olympics, and raised more than six figures from private individuals and businesses to back her quest. Racing as an independent under coach Kurt Mayr, Yurkiw earned Tier 1 qualification for Sochi with a pair of top 12 results this season, a seventh-place finish in the season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alta., and a sixth place at Altenmarkt, Austria last month. The Owen Sound, Ont., native was aiming to compete at the Vancouver Games but tore up her left knee in a crash in December 2009. Yurkiw didnt participate in a full season again until 2012-13, but didnt crack the top 20 in any races, which put her at a career crossroads at just 25 years of age. In what seemed like another cruel blow after all her hard work, Yurkiw went down in a training run in Sochi last week. But she recovered to post the ninth fastest time in the last training session. The contenders There wont be a repeat Olympic downhill champion as American ski star Lindsey Vonn of the United States underwent knee surgery, but 2010 silver medallist Julia Mancuso and bronze recipient Liz Goergl are competing in Russia. Both are capable of getting back to the podium. Mancuso hasnt enjoyed great World Cup results this season, but now owns four career Olympic medals after earning a bronze in Mondays super-combined. The Hawaiian resident did so on the strength of a downhill that was nearly a half-second faster than the next best skier, Lara Gut of Switzerland. Goergls two World Cup wins this season (one downhill, one super-G) have come in the last month, while Gut, Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Austria and Slovenias Tina Maze also own downhill wins this season. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, with three, is the only skier with multiple downhill wins this season. The German veteran would have to be considered co-favourite along with Mancuso for the downhill, after winning her third career Olympic gold medal in Mondays super-combined. She is also the overall World Cup points leader. Dominique Gisin of Switzerland hasnt been on the World Cup podium since late 2011, but served notice she could be a factor with a winning training session earlier this week. Anna Wenninger of Austria and Elena Fanchin of Italy are also contender, each having been on the World Cup podium twice in downhill this season, though not yet in the top spot. Tina Weirather under normal circumstances would be considered a strong medal contender after racking up nine World Cup podiums this season, including four in the downhill. But the skier from tiny Liechtenstein, who suffered a serious injury that put her on the sidelines just days before the 2010 Olympics, is uncertain to compete after hurting her leg in a weekend training session. Ricky Wagner Jersey . Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon; a brief, poor outing that served to highlight two trends that have developed this season. Michael Roberts Youth Jersey . 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"It was really important for us to lift our spirits by getting (Getzlaf), being the leader he is, coming right back and scoring the goal." Emerson Etem and Corey Perry both scored two goals for the Ducks (11-3-1), who also got a goal from defenceman Sami Vatanen. "We didnt accept what we were doing in the first half of the game," Perry said. "When we got behind, thats when everybody realized what was going on, and we had to play better." The Sabres (2-13-1) continued their worst start in franchise history despite goals from Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Henrik Tallinder. Buffalo has lost its first nine home games, their longest stretch to open a season. "Were facing a lot of adversity right now," Hodgson said. "We can say as much as we want, but at the end of the day its what we do on the ice. Right now its not good enough." With the game tied 1-1 late in the second period, Anaheim scored two goals in 34 seconds. Vatanen took advantage of Matt Moulsons slow back check and fired a shot past goalie Jhonas Enroth from just inside the blue line. Moments later, Etem lifted a rebound opportunity past Enroth for his first of the night. Thirteen players recorded points for Anaheim, which won its first game in Buffalo since 2009. "They got some high-end powered offence, and when you cant contain them they can run up a lot of goals," Hodgson said. "It seemed like we were with them, and all of the sudden they just took offf. Custom Detroit Lions Jerseys. " Buffalo barely tested Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller, and the Sabres were outshot for the sixth straight game, 29-17. The Sabres opened the scoring 7:15 in with a power-play goal. Moulson fed Hodgson from behind the net for a low one-timed shot that beat Hiller to his right. Moulson and Hodgson had two points. Anaheim tied it less than three minutes later when Getzlaf took a pass from Dustin Penner and lifted a shot over Enroth. "Their record is not great, and we knew we had to get after them," Getzlaf said. "When we came out of that first period, we knew that was unacceptable for our group and we needed to push forward." Perrys goals came in the third period, both wrist shots over Enroths left shoulder. It wasnt all good for the Ducks, whose power-play struggles continued. Anaheim has just one goal in its last 26 power plays after an 0-for-3 performance that included an abbreviated 5-on-3 advantage late in the first period. "If ever we can get this power play going, well be an elite team in this league," Getzlaf said. "So weve just got to keep working, keep doing the right things." The three-goal loss was the Sabres fifth of the season, four of which have come at home. Vatanen sustained an upper-body injury in the third period and didnt return. Boudreau said the defenceman was under further observation. Mathieu Perreault had two assists for Anaheim. 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