Calgary AB, (January 3, 2021) – With a new year comes new opportunity, and today in Zagreb, CRO Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, ON) seized on that for her best World Cup slalom finish since November 2015. Erin finished in fifth spot just 1.40 off of winner Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.
Erin has worked on bringing more joy to her racing this season and we’re seeing the results of that with four top-20 finishes in the first four races of the season.
“I can’t stop smiling. Today was really cool. It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work on behalf of everyone, huge team effort today,” Erin said after the race.
With so much uncertainty this season it has been a focus of Erin’s to control what she can, be prepared, and stay determined.
“We had amazing training leading into this race. We learned a lot of lessons as a team after Semmering,” reflected Erin. “In my first run I lost focus a bit halfway down the course, but in my second run I kept focused and I just tried to go as hard as possible. Man, it was a really cool day. Today we’re going to take this as a big step forward for me.”
As has become commonplace Erin wasn’t the lone Canadian in the second run of the slalom today. Laurence St-Germain (Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) finished in 19th spot marking her third top-20 of the season.
With the season still in its infancy Team Canada is gearing up for a busy month, and in a great position to make their presence known amongst the best in the world.
The men of the Canadian Ski Team will get their shot at the Zagreb slalom on January 6th. Watch it live at www.cbc.ca/sports
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