Crans-Montana, SUI (February 26, 2022) — Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC) continues her streak of downhill consistency in Switzerland, placing 8th in the first of two races this weekend.
“I’ve been consistently solid, but I’m pushing for more than just a top 10 as well. I’m excited for tomorrow for another chance on a track that I really like,” says Gagnon.
“In the end today, we had a solid result again, another top 10 in downhill. [Marie-Michèle] had a solid run, with maybe something to find in the flats. We will try to make the next steps to find those tenths and hundredths,” adds head coach Manuel Gamper.
Known for being one the most difficult trail on the circuit, Crans-Montana is the 28th stop of the women's 2021-2022 Alpine Ski World Cup and the first since the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. However, the demands of the course were equally distributed with conditions remaining favourable from bib 1 straight through to the last racer to kick out.
“The light was the same for everyone, and the snow stayed really quick. Some girls from the back did well, it was really fair for everyone,” Gagnon adds.
This event also marks the first on the circuit with full crowds; Switzerland no longer enforces a mask mandate, and the stands were filled with Swiss racing fans.
“It was so cool that there was a crowd again,” says Gagnon. “It’s full stands, three huge stands, and it was so cool to come down and hear the cheering. I guess I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I felt it.”
Following this weekend, athletes will remain in Switzerland for the next leg of the World Cup in Lenzerheide March 5-6.
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