Calgary, Alta. (December 28, 2016) – In Semmering (AUT), under snowy conditions, limited visibility and on a soft track, Quebec’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon put down a phenomenal second run, finishing the day in seventh-place. Gagnon had the fastest second run time of the day putting down a near-perfect run.
Wearing bib number 17, Gagnon finished the first run in the 23rd-spot. Taking advantage of an early start number for the second run, Gagnon charged and moved up 16 spots. Spending well over half the race in the leader box, Gagnon’s fastest second run time held up for over half the field.
U.S.A.’s Mikaela Shiffrin took back-to-back wins in Semmering (AUT), winning today’s race by 0.15 seconds. Tessa Worley from France finished in second-place and Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg took third-place, 0.18 back from Shiffrin.
Today was the second giant slalom race in two days taking place in Semmering (AUT). In yesterday’s race, Gagnon also put down a great second run to finish in 14th-place, after a 28th-place finish in the first run.
In today’s race, Gagnon was the only Canadian to qualify for a second run but Quebec’s young star, Valérie Grenier, also pushed out of the start gate. Although Grenier has claimed giant slalom points this season, she failed to qualify for the second run today.
On the men’s side, the downhill race in Santa Caterina (ITA) was cancelled due to high winds.
Tomorrow, the women run a slalom race, once again held in Semmering (AUT), while the men will race an alpine combined in Santa Caterina (ITA).
Canadian women’s results
7 - Marie-Michèle Gagnon
DNQ – Valérie Grenier
Full results here.
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