Valérie Grenier burst onto the international ski racing scene when she captured a bronze medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships. A few years later, at 21, she competed in her first Olympic Games at PyeongChang 2018, starting in the giant slalom, super-G, downhill, and alpine combined.
The native of St. Isidore, Ontario, embraced the full World Cup circuit, racing in both tech and speed disciplines, capturing three top-30 results in the 2017-18 season, including a 15th place in the Alpine Combined in Lenzerheide, SUI.
After injuries kept her out of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, “Val” returned to snow with a vengeance in 2020-21, skiing to four top-30 finishes. She carried on the success in 2021-22, catapulting herself from the Top 30 into the Top 10 three times, including a fourth-place finish in giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, SLO, just 0.08 seconds off the podium.
In 2022-23, however, she captured her first World Cup win, topping the giant slalom event in Kranjska Gora, SLO. Her win made her the first Canadian woman to win a World Cup giant slalom since Kathy Kreiner in 1974.
While Grenier posted three Top 5 World Cup finishes in 2022-23, she also helped lead Team Canada to a bronze medal in the team parallel event at the 2023 World Championships in Courchevel-Méribel, FRA.
Grenier began skiing when she was two years old, immediately falling in love with the sport after trying on her brother’s gear. She first charged down a racecourse at the age of seven and has been hooked ever since. Despite setbacks, her commitment to returning to competition has been nothing short of impressive, as her dedication and passion to the sport remain unwavering.
Looking ahead to the future, Grenier is extremely excited about the women’s FIS World Cup alpine races at her home hill of Mont-Tremblant in 2023 and beyond.
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