Alexis Guimond and Frédérique Turgeon Podium in Para-Alpine Downhill

Alexis Guimond and Frédérique Turgeon Podium in Para-Alpine Downhill

Photo Caption Alexis Guimond, Photo credit: Marcus Hartmann

Calgary, AB. (Dec 17, 2023) — Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) stood on the podium for the second day in a row at the season opening FIS Para Alpine Ski World Cup downhills in St. Moritz (SUI), while Frédérique Turgeon (Montreal, QC) capped off her weekend with a podium performance.

Guimond, in the men’s standing category, raced to second place today, improving on yesterday’s third-place finish, and making this his fourth consecutive World Cup downhill podium dating back to last season.

“Today was a really fast course and we had a good plan on where I could get faster,” said Guimond. “It was good to put the downhill training that we did in Panorama to work. The team has some good momentum and looking forward to Steinach later this week.”

Frédérique Turgeon (Montreal, QC) took third place in the women’s standing competition. Today’s result comes on the heels of yesterday’s fourth place finish and gives Turgeon six podiums in her last seven World Cup downhills going back to last season.

“I’m really happy with my result today,” said Turgeon. “I left the hill yesterday feeling a little disappointed and didn’t want that feeling again. I felt strong today and went into the race with a little more intention. It was rewarding to see the results of a summer of hard work and the pre-season speed training in Chile pay off.”

After three days of speed races in Val Gardena, James Crawford (Toronto, ON) was down the road at the FIS Ski World Cup men’s giant slalom in Alta Badia (ITA). Crawford was the top Canadian in 25th, with Erik Read (Canmore, AB) finishing 26th. Asher Jordan (North Vancouver, BC) 44th and Liam Wallace (Banff, AB) 49th did not advance to the second run.

At today’s FIS Ski World Cup women’s super-G in Val d’Isère (FRA), Valérie Grenier (St. Isidore, ON), the only Canadian racing today, missed a gate and did not finish her run.

Next races: (link to FIS Calendar)

Men’s tech race another GS in Alta Badia (ITA) tomorrow, December 18.

Para-alpine are in Steinach am Brenner (AUT) for super-G and GS races Dec 20-22.

Women tech have a SL in Courchevel (FRA) Dec 21.

Ski cross return to action Dec 21 and 22 in Innichen (ITA).

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