Calgary, AB. (November 11, 2023) — Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON) raced to a sixth-place finish in today’s opening race of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women’s slalom season in Levi, Finland. In her 40th World Cup start, this is Nullmeyer’s fourth top 10 finish and her best result in a season opening race.
Under the lights in fading daylight at the northernmost stop on the World Cup circuit, Nullmeyer stood 20th after her first run before delivering the third best second run of the day vaulting her to 6th place.
“I’m really, really happy with today,” said a smiling Nullmeyer. “Coming to this first race of the season I wanted to set a good foundation that I could build on. After the first run I felt like I could really build on the feelings that I had. I went out for the second run and pushed a little harder. I really tried to trust myself and to just ski and have fun.”
“I’m really happy with a sixth place and stoked to build on this result. My teammates are right there with me and we are all excited for tomorrow to show what we can do.”
Amelia Smart (Invermere, BC) finished 27th today, while Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) and Justine Lamontagne (St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC), making her World Cup debut, did not advance to the second run.
“I’m super happy for Ali,” said Francis Royal, Head Coach Women’s Tech. “She had a great attitude today; she was calm and focused and knew what she had to do on the second run. She skied super well approaching the pitch, was committed through the pitch and really executed her plan.”
“The whole team has the right mindset and spirit. While there were some mistakes that cost us today, the team has lots to build on.”
Today’s men’s opening speed event in Zermatt-Cervinia was cancelled for safety reasons due to heavy snowfall last night.
Next races: (link to FIS Calendar)
Men speed race downhill tomorrow at Zermatt-Cervinia, SUI.
Women tech race slalom tomorrow at Levi, FIN.
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