Career Best Result at Lake Louise
Calgary, Alta. (December 4, 2022) – Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC) skied to an 8th place finish in the super-G on a bright sunny day at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Lake Louise. It’s Gagnon’s 3rd top 10 finish in nine super-G World Cup starts at Lake Louise, and her best ever World Cup result on Canadian soil.
“This feels like a small victory today,” said Gagnon. “Of course, I wanted a podium, and I came to Lake Louise feeling really good but the last two days were difficult. I’m proud of my turnaround today and it feels really good to get my best result at Lake Louise.”
Three other Canadian women raced in today’s World Cup at Lake Louise: Valérie Grenier (St-Isidore, QC) finished 31st, Candace Crawford (Toronto, ON) was 33rd and Stefanie Fleckenstein (Whistler, BC) had a DNF.
“I’m very thankful, and I know the whole team is, for the amazing volunteers who are always so nice and supportive, and they all work so hard to make these races happen,” added Gagnon. “We couldn’t race without them”.
Also today, eight Canadian men took to the slopes in the super-G at the FIS World Cup stop in Beaver Creek, Colorado. James Crawford (Toronto, ON) led the team with an 11th place finish, Jeffrey Read (Canmore, AB) was 20th, Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB) 27th and Broderick Thompson (Whistler BC) rounded out the Canadians securing World Cup points with a 28th place finish. Sam Mulligan (Vancouver, BC) was 44th and there were DNF’s for Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, BC), Kyle Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) and Riley Seger (North Vancouver, BC).
The Para-Alpine team starts their season in St Moritz, SUI, with a giant slalom on Thursday Dec 8, followed by three slalom races Dec 9 to 11.
The Ski Cross team begins their season in Val Thorens, FRA, with races scheduled for Thursday Dec 8 and Fri Dec 9.
The Women are in Sestriere, ITA, for a giant slalom on Saturday Dec 10 and a slalom on Sunday, December 11.
The Men are in Val d’Isere, FRA, and like the women will race GS on Saturday, SL on Sunday.
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