Alpine Canada – Calgary, Alta. (March 6, 2016) – After yesterday’s cancelled giant slalom race in Jansa, Slovakia, another overnight snowfall threated today’s ladies’ slalom race. Course crews worked to remove the 20 centimetres of excess snow from the track allowing the race to get off under snowy conditions.
Lac Etchemin, Que.-native, Marie-Michèle Gagnon,started the day with bib number eight and held a sixth-place finish after the first and second run, adding another top ten finish to her collection this season. Gagnon skied well, attacking the course and holding her speed in the top sections.
Gagnon is coming off a first-place finish in the alpine combined discipline last weekend and has chalked up four top-ten slalom finishes this season, including today’s tough battle with U.S.’s slalom superstar Mikaela Shiffrin back in the mix. Gagnon’s sixth-place finish today holds her in tenth-place in the overall World Cup rankings.
Shiffrin dominated the field winning by a huge margin of 2.36 seconds. Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener took second-place and the hometown hero, Veronika Velez Zuzulova from Slovakia, gave the crowd something to cheer about finishing in third-place 3.11 seconds back.
Today’s World Cup slalom race was the final one before the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland at the end of March. Yesterday’s cancelled giant slalom will be made up tomorrow in Jasna, Slovakia.
6 – Marie-Michèle Gagnon
33 – Erin Mielzynski
DNF – Laurence St. Germain
For official ladies’ results click here.
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