CANADA’S TURGEON 4TH AT PARA ALPINE WORLDS AND GRENIER 9TH IN WORLD CUP GIANT SLALOM
Calgary, Alta. (January 24, 2023) – Frédérique Turgeon (Candiac, QC) continued to make her way up the leaderboard at the FIS Para Alpine World Championships in Espot, Spain. After finishing fifth in yesterday’s championships opening super-G, Turgeon was another step close to the podium finishing fourth in today’s women-standing alpine combined.
“Today’s first run was really good,” said Turgeon. “I cleaned up a lot from yesterday, felt more confident and skied way better. The second run wasn’t as good, but I’m going to hold on to that first run, it was so much fun. I’m close to the podium, and I’m excited about going fast and having fun at tomorrow’s downhill.”
It was a historic day at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup women’s giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy, as Mikaela Shiffrin became the winningest women’s alpine skier of all time. Racing on what was called the best conditions in Europe so far this season, Canada’s Valérie Grenier (St-Isidore, ON) raced to ninth place. This is Grenier’s fourth consecutive top 10 in giant slalom this season and her career best result in Kronplatz.
Two other Canadian’s raced today in Kronplatz, Cassidy Gray (Invermere, BC) finished 49th in her first run and missed qualifying for the second run. Britt Richardson (Canmore, AB) didn’t finish her first run.
Meanwhile, under the lights at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup men’s slalom in Schladming, Austria, Erik Read (Canmore, AB) was the top Canadian finishing 18th. This is Read’s third consecutive top 25 finish in slalom and the sixth time he’s scored World Cup points in the seven slalom races this season.
Also in Schaldming, Asher Jordan (North Vancouver, BC) was 47th missing out on qualifying for the second run, while Liam Wallace (Calgary, AB) and Simon Fournier (Montréal, Que) didn’t finish their first runs.
Back at the para alpine world championships, on the men’s side Alexis Guimond, Gatineau (QC) did not start his second run with his focus on upcoming races, Kurt Oatway (Calgary, AB) did not complete his second run and Brian Rowland (Merrickville, ON) missed a gate on his first run.
FIS Para Alpine Ski World Championships 2023 at Espot and La Molina, Spain, continue through January 29th.
FIS Junior World Ski Championships wrap up on Wednesday in St. Anton, Austria.
Men’s tech race again tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25 in Schladming, Austria,
Women race in Kronplatz, Italy, tomorrow January 25 and then head to Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechia, Jan 28-29
Men speed are in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, for races January 28 and 29.
Ski cross return to World Cup racing in Reiteralm, Austria, February 16 and 17.
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