Home sweet snow as Marie-Michèle Gagnon sprints into 9th in the women’s downhill at Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alta. (December 4, 2021) — Cold temperatures didn’t stop Canada’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, Quebec) from laying down a sizzling hot run in the second downhill event at Lake Louise, sliding her into a 9th place finish.
“I’m happy, I think I performed a lot better,” says Marie-Michèle, referencing her 16th place finish from yesterday’s event. “I nailed the line and that’s a good sign. It means I was able to adapt and change from yesterday and my mistake.”
Despite weather conditions cancelling the training runs earlier in the week, the course was attackable and in great condition for the athletes rocketing down the run.
This is a career-best finish for Marie-Michèle in Lake Louise, besting her 10th place finish in the super-G event in 2013. And while a Top-10 finish is always worth celebrating, she knows she has more in the tank this World Cup season.
“Today I’m more solid and consistent,” she says. “Top 10 is great, but I’m definitely very hungry for more. This fares well for the rest of the season. I know I have more, but this gives me confidence that if I ski good, I’m top 10. I’m really happy!”
There will be a super-G race in Lake Louise on Sunday, December 5, finishing the North American World Cup alpine races for this season. The next women’s speed races will take place in St. Moritz, Switzerland December 11-12, 2021.
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