Valerie Grenier is not the kind of person you have to please on the track. As evidence, 23H The place taken in the Super-G was far from being filled, Sunday, at the World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. And this, even if this speed test is far from his specialty.
“I did some good things, but I didn’t do good things on the course today. I would say that’s a satisfactory performance, but it’s not. I know I can do a lot better than that,” said the best Canadian of the day with a time of 1:24.85 .
In terms of areas for improvement, the 26-year-old was adamant that she will have to be more dynamic at the next opportunity if she is to move up the rankings. Even more so if all the elements come together to deliver a service that meets their expectations.
“I’m disappointed especially in a few sections where I think I could have been a bit more nimble and cleaner at the beginning of the turns,” she explained. I wasn’t in control and things didn’t go the way I wanted them to, especially since the course was so beautiful and the conditions perfect. »
However, it wasn’t all black for Grenier, who was more indulgent of herself at the conclusion of her phone interview with Sportcom. “It wasn’t necessarily what I wanted, but I still scored points, so there’s something positive about it,” laughed the girl, who recently won the World Cup for the first time in her career in giant slalom from Kranjska Gora. On Sunday, she added 8 points to her season total.
“It’s always good to be in the points, even if it’s not the best skiing and it’s not my specialty. I rarely train fast, so it’s still another step in the right direction. We keep gaining experience and gaining confidence.”
At the top of the standings, Norway’s Ragnhild Moynkel signed her first victory of the season thanks to a time of 1 minute 23.22 seconds. Austria’s Cornelia Hueter (+0.30sec) was decorated with silver, while Italy’s Marta Pacino (+0.47sec) completed the podium.
Also on Sunday, Marie-Michel Gagnon was unable to finish her race. A victim of a fall on Friday, the skier from Lac Etchmain skipped the second round of the competition on Saturday, before returning to the track 24 hours later, despite bruising.
For his part, Simon Fournier was in Austria, taking part in the World Cup in Kitzbühel. However, the Montrealer was unable to complete the first set.
Members of the Canadian national team will be busy over the next week, which will serve as a build-up to the World Championships in Courchevel and Meribel scheduled for February 6-19 in France.
Valerie Grenier will start the giant slalom in Kronplatz (Austria) on Tuesday and Wednesday, while her teammate Lawrence Saint-Germain will start the slalom next weekend in Spindleruv Mlyn, in the Czech Republic.
Michaela Shifrin once again misses her chance to break the record
American Michaela Shifrin failed once again in her attempt to write a new chapter in the history of the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup after finishing seventh on Sunday in the Super G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Shiffrin stopped the clock at 1 minute 23.84 seconds, 62 one-hundredths of a second behind the winner, Ragnhild Mowinkel of Norway.
For Shiffrin, this is the third race in a row where she has failed to climb one of the three steps of the podium.
Shiffrin has 82 wins in Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup history, tied with Lindsey Vonn, also of the United States.
Shiffrin will now look for that historic giant slalom victory in Kronplatz, Italy, on Tuesday.
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