Calgary, AB (December 15, 2019) – It’s not the event the FIS Audi World Cup Circuit is most known for, but the energy was high as the first Parallel Slalom race of the season went off today in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) rose to the occasion finishing in a career best, 5th spot. Conditions were great for the race which saw skiers compete head-to-head in rounds of competition, moving on if they won.
St-Germain was able to beat her competition until the quarter-finals where she fell behind by 0.08 of a second. In the consolation round Laurence was able to capitalize and win her semi-final and small-final rounds to finish in 5th.
“I’m really happy about today, especially after two disappointing races in Levi and Killington. But what I’m really proud of is I feel like I improved every round.”
The format, head-to-head racing, is wildly different than what Roni Remme (Collingwood, ON), Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, ON) and St-Germain are used to, but it is a fun, change of pace.
“There was a lot of energy out there and I know we’re even more fired up for the next parallels after watching Lau light things up out there” said Remme after her run.
Mielzynski and Remme raced the clock in the single qualification round, but didn’t make it to the elimination rounds.
The women will be back on the slopes on Tuesday for the giant-slalom in Courchevel, France.
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