Calgary, Alta. (March 10, 2023) – Continuing her remarkably consistent season, Valérie Grenier (St-Isidore, ON) raced to sixth place in today’s FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Giant Slalom in Are, Sweden. This is Grenier’s seventh top 15 in nine giant slalom (GS) races this season, her fifth top 10 this World Cup season in GS and her 10th career World Cup top 10.
Sitting in second place after the first run, Grenier was .58 of a second behind eventual winner Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Shiffrin went on to win the race, her 86th World Cup victory, tying her with Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark for the most alpine World Cup wins in history.
“Such mixed emotions today,” said Grenier. “That first run the snow felt good and I skied really well. On the second run, I had a slide at the top that I managed to save but I knew that I’d lost time. I tried making up the time for the rest of the run and that caused a couple of other small mistakes.”
“I’m pretty disappointed to have been in second place after the first run and not to be on the podium today,” added Grenier. “And at the same time, I’m pleased with a sixth place and with the consistency I’ve shown this season. I just have to keep working to clean up the mistakes and I’m looking forward to World Cup Finals next week.”
Grenier raced to her first World Cup win in GS in January in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and she won bronze just three weeks ago in the team parallel at the world championships in Courchevel and Méribel, France. Today’s result moves Grenier into eight place in the GS season standings.
Women tech continue racing in Are, Sweden, on Saturday.
Para-alpine race in Sella Nevea, Italy, Saturday and Sunday
Men tech race in Kranjska Gora, Slovakia, Saturday and Sunday
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