Calgary AB, (November 21, 2020) – From one of the northernmost stops on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour, Levi, FIN the women of the Canadian Ski Teams put months of training and an extended off-season to the test and started the season on a high with two, top-15 finishes. Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) attacked her way to a career best slalom result, finishing sixth, while team veteran Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, ON) finished in 15th.
The Levi World Cup, which is historically held under the lights even though it’s during the day, saw tough conditions at the beginning of the first run but things brightened up as the day progressed. Laurence, who started in 10th spot was happy with how she skied the flat sections of the course and knows she can improve on the pitch.
“I’m really stoked about my race. To put two good runs together like that for the first race of the season, I really wasn’t expecting to do so well,” Laurence said. “I’m really happy I skied well both runs on the flats and I know I can improve on the pitch for tomorrow and hopefully do even better.”
Erin, who is working on bringing joy to her skiing and letting go of expectations was happy to find some success on a hill she has struggled with in the past.
“I’m hoping for more and more results and working hard for that but I’m happy I could let go of some of the expectations and just ski today. For me that was a big step in the right direction and a nice way to start the year,” Erin said after her second run. “It’s always a good day when you have three Canadians in the top 30 and to see Lau’s result shows how fast our team is right now and how amazing she is skiing.”
Erin and Laurence were joined on second run by Amelia Smart (Invermere, BC) who qualified for only her fourth second run of her young career, finishing in 25th spot. A fantastic start to the season for the young ski racer.
Roni Remme (Collingwood, ON) did not qualify for a second run and Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON) straddled a gate mid-way through the first run and did not finish.
Catch more Levi action tomorrow, as the women take to the slopes again, hungry for more great results.
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