Calgary, Alta. (March 10, 2018) – Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, Ont.) skis to her third World Cup top-ten finish this season in Ofterschwang, GER. Mielzynski finished in seventh-place, tying her season-best result. After the first run, the 27-year-old sat in eighth-place. She put down a great second run, lighting up the run with green intervals and crossing the line in a time of 1:50.72, moving up one spot.
In 2012, Mielzynski won on this track, making her the last Canadian woman to win a slalom race. Today, she was just 1.62 seconds off the first-place time. Warm conditions and rain deteriorated the track, causing bigger and bigger ruts for each racer.
"I'm really happy with another top ten this year," said Mielzynski. "It ties my best for the season. I've been skiing quite solidly recently and I felt confident leading into the race. it was an interesting race because conditions were so warm but they did a great job of preparing the track. The first run I arced a lot and I was on my edges a lot but the second run I tried to have more movement in my skiing and attack the course. I'm happy with the attack and really happy with how today ended, solidifying my spot at World Cup Finals."
Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que.) had a great first run, sitting in 18th-place. A mistake in the second run cost her a top-20 finish and she ended the day in 28th-place. The 23-year-old has had a great season with three top-30 World Cup results and a top-15 result from the 2018 Olympic Games.
U.S.A.’s Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the slalom Crystal Globe and today’s win. Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener finished in second-place and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter rounded out the podium in third-place.
Over in Kvitfjelll, NOR, the men were racing a downhill and Canada punched two into the top-20. Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, B.C.) finished in 14th-place and Benjamin Thomsen (Invermere, B.C.), finished in 16th-place. This track has typically been good for the Canadians with Erik Guay’s third-place finish last year, Osborne-Paradis stepping on the podium in 2015 and 2009 and Dustin Cook with a third-place in 2015.
Today, 30-year-old Thomsen had a season-best downhill finish in Norway, just 1:42 seconds off the first-place time.
Germany’s Thomas Dressen took the top spot today with Beat Fuez (SUI) in second-place and Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) pleasing the home crowd with a third-place finish.
Today wraps up the regular World Cup season for the ladies. The men have one final race tomorrow with a super-G before heading to Åre, SWE for World Cup Finals.
Canadian Ladies' Results
7 - Erin Mielzynski
28 - Laurence St-Germain
Canadian Men’s Results
14 -Manuel Osborne-Paradis
16 - Benjamin Thomsen
56 - Broderick Thompson
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