LADIES’ DOWNHILL # 2 IN LAKE LOUISE AND MEN’S SUPER-G IN BEAVER CREEK
Calgary, Alta. (December 1, 2018) – Lake Louise played host to another downhill race today for Canadians Roni Remme, 22, Valérie Grenier, 22, and Marie-Michèle Gagnon, 29, who finished in 36th, 37th and 40th respectively.
Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer won the race for a second day in a row.
To date, today’s top Canadian Roni Remme finished with a 13th place a week ago in Killington and in 35th in the FIS World Cup on Friday also in Lake Louise.
“I think I attacked the top today, a little better than yesterday, that was my plan. But I didn’t ski as fast as I wanted in some bottom sections of the course. Everyday I’m a little more confident, this is the track I’ve skied the most, and it’s exciting to compete against the best in the world, I’m happy with the progress” – said Remme.
The 2018 Sport Chek National Tech Champion Valérie Grenier’s performance lacked attack through the top part of the course today, cancelling out any gains in speed in the bottom half resulting in a 37th place. Grenier’s solid 11th place finish at the World Cup in Solden, Austria in late October is evidence of her enormous potential and that hers is a name to be watching.
Marie-Michèle (Mitch) Gagnon, 29, can still be considered to be on the come back trail after a year-long recovery from injury. A consistent performer since capturing her first World Cup podium in 2012, look for confidence on the course in tomorrow’s super-G, where Gagnon feels most comfortable.
The men’s super-G in Beaver Creek earlier today was another challenge-filled day with extreme weather conditions, covered skies and snow fall accumulation on the course.
Max Franz from Austria won the race.
Dustin Cook, placed 21st, making him the top Canadian of the day and adding to his six top-25 World Cup super-G career finishes. Despite a strong race on balance, Cook struggled through a few portions of the course.
Making the comparison to his performance from a week ago in Lake Louise, where he finished in 16th place, Cook said: “I thought I skied pretty well, a couple mistakes, but overall, it was ok. I would’ve been happy skiing a little faster obviously but I thought the attack and the charge was better than Lake Louise.”
The other members of the men’s speed team in Beaver Creek included Jeffrey Read with an impressive 33rd place, Brodie Seger in 48t hplace, Ben Thomsen in 54th and Sam Mulligan finishing in 60th place. With missing a gate, Jack Crawford did not finish the race.
Tomorrow, the Canadian men’s technical team will compete in a giant slalom race in Beaver Creek while the women will compete in a super-G in Lake Louise.
Where: Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA– Men
Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN - Ladies
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Men’s giant slalom in Beaver Creek
1strun : 9:45 am MT / 11:45 am ET
Ladies’ super-G in Lake Louise
11:00 am MT / 1:00 pm ET
Where to watch: CBC-TV – both men’s races in Beaver Creek and ladies’ races in Lake Louise - all times in ET
Sunday, December 2 - Alpine Skiing World Cup on CBC: www.cbcsports.ca: (live stream)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET LIVE Lake Louise, Canada – Ladies’ super-G
1:00 pm ET – Road to the Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing World Cup: Ladies’ super-G in Lake Louise
Ladies / Lake Louise
Men / Beaver Creek
Marie-Michèle Gagnon, Lac Etchemin (QC)
Erik Read, Calgary (AB)
Ronni Remme, Collingwood (ON)
Morgan Megarry, Collingwood (ON)
Valérie Grenier, Mont-Tremblant (QC)
Trevor Philp, Calgary (AB)
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