Valérie Grenier is first Canadian to win a World Cup giant slalom in nearly 50 years.
The 26-year-old skier had two excellent runs at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, with a cumulative time of 1 min 55 s 1/100, ahead of the Italian Marta Bassino (+37 hundredths) and the Slovak Petra Vhlova (+40 hundredths) .
American Mikaela Shiffrin, who is looking for an 82nd World Cup victory to equal the record of her compatriot Lindsay Vonn, finished in 6th place.
Before this 1st place, Valérie Grenier had twice finished at the foot of the podium, i.e. 4th place on the same track last year and another in super-G in Italy in 2019.
After the race, the Ottawa skier was speechless and could hardly believe she had just won the race.
Grenier commented, “It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been waiting for this day for so long, it’s a dream come true.”
I’m proud that I was able to hold on in the second run and find a way to win it, admitted Grenier. I thought I would be under a lot of pressure, but I felt really calm and confident. I’m so happy to have our team here. It was really fun to see them at the finish and to celebrate with them.
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