Calgary, Alta. (November 20, 2022) – The wait is finally over! After a cancelled race in Sölden due to weather, the 2022-2023 FIS Alpine World Cup season officially opened this weekend for the women at the Levi ski resort in Finland. Four Canadians Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON), Amelia Smart (Invermere, BC), Kiki Alexander (Calgary, AB) and Laurence St-Germain (Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) took to the slalom course to start the season.
In Sunday’s race, on a chilly, misty morning in the northern most stop on the women’s alpine circuit, a strong second run had St Germain sitting in the leader seat for a handful of skiers before ultimately finishing in 9th place. It’s Laurence’s 12th top 10 finish of her career and third top 10 in Levi. Ali Nullmeyer capped off a strong, consistent weekend, advancing to the second run both days, finishing 14th on Saturday and 17th on Sunday.
After picking up 4 points on Saturday, Smart didn’t qualify for Sunday’s second run, while Alexander had a DNF on Sunday.
In the opening race of the season on Saturday morning, Nullmeyer was the top performing Canadian with a 14th place finish picking up 18 FIS points and Amelia Smart finished 27th. Alexander and St-Germain also raced Saturday, missing out on advancing to the to the 2nd run.
“Super stoked to be back in the top 10 and to put two strong runs together,“ said a joyful St-Germain. “It’s really motivating heading into Killington next week. Killington is my favourite race with my family being there. We have a strong group of girls; we’ve been training fast and I’m excited to see what’s coming next.” - Laurence St-Germain
The next race on the FIS World Cup calendar is this coming weekend in Canada at Lake Louise with men’s downhill and Super G, while the women are in Killington (USA) for Giant Slalom and Slalom races.
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