Calgary, AB (October 15, 2020) – This season will look like none before but we’re ready to begin cheering on Canada’s Ski Teams! We couldn’t be more excited to get the World Cup season officially started this weekend in Sölden, AUT, and it’s shaping up to be one for the books.
The races, which will have no live fans, kick off on Saturday morning with the women’s giant slalom. The historically difficult race will be one to watch as Valérie Grenier (Mont-Tremblant, QC.), makes her return to the World Cup tour almost two years after fracturing her right tibia/fibula and right ankle during downhill training at the 2019 Audi FIS Alpine World Championships in Åre, Sweden. Valérie had a career-best 11th place finish in the giant slalom on this very course in 2018. Valérie will be joined by Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC) and Candace Crawford (Toronto, ON).
On Sunday it’s the men’s turn to charge down the Rettenbach Glacier. Erik Read (Canmore, AB) who had a career-best 7th place finish in the giant slalom here one year ago, hopes to build on that success. After an extended off-season Read and teammate Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB) are both excited to get the season started, and focus on performing.
After this weekend the World Cup tour takes a few weeks off. Canada’s Ski Teams will be ready to go for the parallel giant slalom in Lech/Zuers, AUT November 13, and 14.
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