Comeback Queen Valérie Grenier places 4th in Slovenia’s giant slalom
Kranjska Gora, SLO (January 8, 2022) -- In a race that was moved from Maribor to the steeper, icier slopes of Kranjska Gora, Valérie Grenier proved once again that she is a force to be reckoned with in giant slalom, narrowly missing the podium and finishing 4th.
"Really good day,” says Valérie. “I’m really happy with my skiing considering everything. Conditions are really tough and it’s a long hill so it’s not easy. I fought through to the end and I’m happy with the results.”
Valérie kicked out in the first World Cup giant slalom of the season in October in Sölden, finishing 7th in that race for her then-best career result in GS. After Killington’s GS cancellation and suffering an injury in mid-December, today’s race was her first since the season opener and her new career best.
This challenging track boasts a steep, icy pitch to the finish and a lot of terrain. However, this didn’t slow down the Canadians. In addition to Valérie’s impressive finish, teammate Britt Richardson sped from bib 50 to 27th and make the flip for a second run. Finishing 22nd overall today, Kranjska Gora is only Britt’s second World Cup start and first career points.
"It’s my first time in the points today, so I’m super excited. The conditions were difficult, it was definitely a bumpy ride down especially in bib 50 but I’m happy I was able to push through and make it down,” says Britt.
The next women’s slalom race will take place in Kranjska Gora tomorrow, January 9, followed by Schladming AUT January 11, 2022. Giant slalom specialists are next in action in Kronplatz, ITA January 25.
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