GAGNON CAPTURES 5TH IN GIANT SLALOM AT WORLD CUP FINALS
Alpine Canada – Calgary, Alta. (March 20, 2016) – Marie-Michèle Gagnon from Lac Etchemin, Que., finishes the FIS World Cup season on a high note taking fifth-place in today’s giant slalom. Gagnon capitalized on a third day of picture-perfect St. Moritz snow conditions for the last race of the season to secure her best giant slalom finish of the year. Wearing bib number eight today, Gagnon charged the first run finishing in fourth, taking advantage of an early bib number.
“I always love the hill here and I’ve had my best result here ever here in St. Mortiz [a fifth-place finish in 2010],” said Gagnon. “I went into today wearing bib eight, which is a good number for me and I took advantage of it. I was happy after the first run but it’s all in the second run so I’m going to look to push further ahead. The conditions are great! It’s like Colorado snow.”
Gagnon’s second run put her in fifth-place to finish out today’s giant slalom race, sitting just 1.16 seconds back from the podium.
Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg had a blazing second run, moving her up seven spots to capture first-place by 0.46 seconds. France’s Taina Barioz took second place and overall Crystal Globe winner, Lara Gut from Switzerland, took home third-place, trailing by 0.75 seconds.
Austria’s Eva-Marie Brem missed the podium by 1.16 seconds but had a pair of runs good enough to capture the giant slalom Crystal Globe by just two points.
Today’s races close out the FIS World Cup season. Most of Alpine Canada Alpin’s athletes are headed to Whistler Blackcomb for the 2016 Sport Chek Canadian Championships to vie for the title of National Champion. Updates will be shared throughout the series on social and through our website so stay tuned!
5 – Marie-Michèle Gagnon
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