Quebec City skier Laurence St-Germain won gold in the women’s slalom at the world championships in France earlier today.
St-Germain was third after the opening run and then skied the sixth-fastest second run to finish in a combined one minute 43.15 seconds. Americian skier Mikaela Shiffrin was 0.57 seconds behind for second and Lena Duerr of Germany was 0.69 behind and won bronze.
“I was really not expecting this, obviously. It’s unbelievable,” St-Germain of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., said from Méribel. “I attacked, had a bit of a mistake, just thinking go down, go down, go down, and it worked out, I guess.”
It was the first gold for Canada in women’s slalom since Anne Heggtveit won at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, which also counted as the world championships.