Calgary, AB. (Dec 3, 2023) — The first FIS Ski World Cup at Tremblant in 40 years wrapped up today with another large crowd, and another top 10 finish for Valérie Grenier (St. Isidore, ON). Grenier bested yesterday’s eight place finish with a sixth place on Sunday. Cassidy Gray (Panorama, BC) picked-up right where she left off on Saturday with another 24th place finishes on Sunday.
Flying out of the gate on her first run, Grenier was on pace for a top three position midway down the course when a slip dropped her to 11th. Grenier then posted the third fastest second run to jump five spots and finish sixth. This is Grenier’s fourth top 10 this season and sixth consecutive top 10 dating back to last season.
“I’m very pleased with my second run,” said Grenier. “I skied the way I want to ski and I’m not sure that I could’ve done anything more on the run. I was disappointed after my first run and happy with how I responded on the second.”
“It’s been an amazing experience to race here at Tremblant. I am speechless at the energy of the crowd and can’t thank them enough for the incredible support. I came into this weekend thinking that I had to be on the podium for the fans, and I learned that the fans are here having a great time and that they are supportive of us whether we are on the podium or not. “
With her 24th place finish today Gray ties her World Cup personal best, set the day before, thanks to two solid runs that had the fans feeding off her energy.
“I’m going to remember this weekend for a very long time,” said a smiling Gray. “I can’t thank everyone enough. The fans were amazing, the volunteers were great, and the work done by the course workers was incredible. Thank you all for this weekend.”
Justine Clément (Stoneham, QC) finished 50th in the first run and Justine Lamontagne (St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) was 53rd both missed advancing to the second run. Britt Richardson (Canmore, AB) and Sarah Bennett (Stoneham, QC) didn’t finish the first run.
Next races: (link to FIS Calendar)
Ski cross begin their season in Val Thorens Thursday Dec 7
Women speed are in St Moritz (SUI) Dec 8-10
Men tech are in Val d’Isere (FRA) Dec 9-10
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