Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shiffrin Wins First Super-G in Lake Louise, Canada's Grenier Fifth

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shiffrin Wins First Super-G in Lake Louise, Canada's Grenier Fifth

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Shiffrin wins super-G at Lake Louise


LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Mikaela Shiffrin earned the first World Cup super-G victory of her career, while Canada's Valerie Grenier was a hair short of the podium in fifth Sunday.

With a time of one minute 19.41 seconds, Shiffrin was the only woman to ski under 80 seconds in Lake Louise, Alta.

The 23-year-old American was just over three-quarters of a second faster than runner-up Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.

Owner of Olympic gold medals in slalom and giant slalom, Shiffrin won her first downhill last year in Lake Louise and continued her emergence in speed disciplines at the resort with another victory Sunday.

"It's one of my goals to get to a point where I could win any event, since I started racing World Cups, since I was a little girl really," Shiffrin said.

"To be here today and to be able to ski the way I wanted to and really aggressively, it's just a really incredible moment."

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third in 1:20.24.

Grenier was .88 seconds back of Shiffrin and just five one-hundredths behind Rebensburg.

The 23-year-old from St-Isidore, Ont., posted the best result by a Canadian woman at Lake Louise since Larisa Yurkiw finished fourth in downhill in 2014.

"I've been here so many years now that I was really hoping for a good result one day," Grenier said. "I had a 16th-place here once. Fifth place is unbelievable. When I crossed the finish line, that felt crazy to me.

"I felt like I was skiing well and really sending it. Some gates I was kind of struggling to make so I had a feeling I was bringing some speed."

Super-G is shorter than downhill with gates set wide to test a skier's ability to carry speed through turns. The racers get a pre-race inspection of the course, but no training runs as they do for downhill.

Grenier had a later start number at 32nd. The Canadian had galleries around the finish corral buzzing on her descent as her interval times indicated she was in striking distance of the podium.

"This just gives me so much confidence," Grenier said. …

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