Valérie Grenier skied to the top of the podium in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Saturday, earning the fourth podium of her FIS World Cup career and capturing her second title on the slope.
The native of St. Isidore, Ontario, captured her first World Cup win on January 7, 2023, in the women’s giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, and a year less-one day later, she did it again. The 27-year-old finished the combined two runs with a time of 1:50.51, crossing the podium threshold that had eluded her through the fall portion of the 2023-24 season.
Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland finished second, 0.37 seconds behind Grenier, while Italian skier Federica Brignone grabbed the podium’s final step, 0.51 seconds behind the Canadian.
“I’m so extremely happy and proud, I don’t really have words,” Grenier said after the race. “I’ve been close to the podium so many times this season it feels great to stand on it today. Coming off last season’s win here, I felt a little more pressure this morning. I had a big mistake in the first run, and I was very determined in the second run to really go for it, so it’s very rewarding to get the win.”
“You’re always hoping for a podium, and it’s just the best feeling ever when you win. It’s very similar to last season, standing on the podium with “Oh Canada” playing and seeing my teammates celebrating with me.”
Source: Alpine Canada