Valérie Grenier, from St. Isidore, Ontario, raced her first World Cup downhill in five years today and made it on the podium with a third-place finish at the FIS Ski World Cup women’s downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. This is Grenier’s career best result in the downhill, and her fourth World Cup podium including a gold medal and all of them coming in the last 12 months.
Grenier last raced in a World Cup downhill in Cortina in January 2019, and then a month later, while training downhill at the 2019 World Championships, she suffered a leg injury. Since returning from injury Grenier’s focus has been on giant slalom, where she currently sits fifth in the World Cup standings, and super-G. With today’s result Grenier moves up into ninth place in the overall World Cup standings.
“I still can’t believe it,” said a grinning Grenier an hour after her race. ”I felt really good with my run today. The whole way down I was on the line I wanted but when I crossed the finish and saw third place I was shocked. There were no expectations coming into today and the team kept it pretty relaxed at the top as we were warming-up. It can help sometimes when you just relax and go ski.”
Source: Alpine Canada