Calgary, Alta. (November 30, 2018) – Roni Remme, Valérie Grenier and Marie-Michèle Gagnon finished respectively 35th, 36th and 44th today at the first ladies’ downhill event in Lake Louise. Remme 22, is showing strong consistent performances and solid turns since the beginning of the season. She is the one to watch out for in the next races, reaching higher standings than her bib number so far.
“I think it was ok, I was happy with my approach, I brought some intenstity to my ride. I’m looking into another shot for tomorrow. The snow was in really great shape, few bumps here and there, it was tough with the lighting because of the clouded skies. I’m gonna try to keep my approach for tomorrow. Everytime I see the track, I feel that I learn something new.” – said Remme.
Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer won the race.
Marie-Michèle Gagnon, 29, raced her first ever downhill event in Lake Louise today. She is embracing her commitment to racing speed events and will try again for a higher ranking tomorrow at the second downhill race. Similarily for teammate Valérie Grenier, 22, who struggled a bit during the race and has a second chance to post better results over the weekend.
Due to extended forecast, the downhill was moved to today and the super-G will be on the schedule tomorrow. Changing weather and fog episodes impacted training runs and made the men’s race in Beaver Creek a challenge today.
Top Canadian of the day, Ben Thomsen finished 38, wearing bib number 29. He battled through the difficult Birds of Prey course and was feeling confident about his run.
“I was very happy with the way I approached the race. Beaver Creek is not a good venue for me especially with the soft snow on the flats, but that’s something I have been working on and will continue to do so. It’s a long season and my goal is to make it to World Cup finals, so today I will learn from my mistakes as well as what I’m doing well.” – said Thomsen.
The other members of the men’s speed team, with late start numbers, have managed to show consistent performances. Brodie Seger finished 48th, Dustin Cook 57th, Jack Crawford finished 59th and Sam Mulligan finished 61st.
Beat Feuz from Switzerland won the race.
Tomorrow, the super-G is on for the men in Beaver Creek and the ladies will compete in a second downhill in Lake Louise
Where: Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA– Men
Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN - Ladies
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Men’s super-G in Beaver Creek
11:00 am MT / 1:00 pm ET
Ladies’ downhill # 2 in Lake Louise
12:30 pm MT / 2:30 pm ET
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
Saturday, December 1 - Alpine Skiing World Cup on CBC: www.cbcsports.ca: (live stream)
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm ET LIVE Beaver Creek, USA – Men’s super-G
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET LIVE – Lake Louise, CAN – Ladies’ downhill # 2
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET – Road to the Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing World Cup: Men’s super-G in Beaver Creek and ladies’ downhill # 1 in Lake Louise
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET – Road to the Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing World Cup: Ladies’ downhill # 2 in Lake Louise
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)
Benjamin Thomsen, Invermere (BC)
Ronni Remme, Collingwood (ON)
Brodie Seger, North Vancouver (BC)
Valérie Grenier, Mont-Tremblant (QC)
Dustin Cook, Ottawa (ON)
Jack Crawford, Toronto (ON)
Jeff Read, Calgary (AB)
Sam Mulligan, Vancouver (BC)
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