(Sportcom) Quebecer Valérie Grenier managed to climb among the top-15 in the giant slalom on Saturday at the World Cup in Courchevel, France. A result that says a lot for the one who was surprised by her ease during her first descent.
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“Despite the conditions that were not ideal, I felt really good and I wondered if I was going too slowly to have such good feelings,” said the athlete from Mont-Tremblant.
Ranked 14th at the end of the first round, Grenier experienced some difficulties in the second, in particular because of the mist which obstructed visibility. She still managed to finish the day in the 13th place (+4.83 seconds), the second best result of her career in giant slalom on the World Cup circuit.
“I had more expectations and I was a little more stressed on my second. I was not in the rhythm and got deported a few times, but I fought until the end to stay in the course and get to the bottom. I am very satisfied. “
The Italian Marta Bassino took the top step of the podium with a cumulative score of 2 min 19.03 s. She was ahead of Sweden’s Sara Hector (+0.46 seconds) and Slovakia Petra Vlhova (+0.59 seconds).
For her part, Gatineau skier Mikaela Tommy completed her first descent in 1 min 15.36 s during this event on Saturday. A performance that proved insufficient for her to be in the second round and placed her in 61st place.
Like Mikaela Tommy, the other Canadian women on the track were unable to qualify for the second downhill. Candace Crawford and Ali Nullmeyer finished 46th and 62nd respectively.
A good state of mind
Grenier is back in action after suffering a quadruple fracture to his right leg. An injury that kept her out of competition for over a year.
If the goal of the Quebecer at the start of the season was to improve each race, this performance proves that she is on the right track. After completing the top-25 at the World Cup in Sölden in October, her result on Saturday showed her that she can be confident in her abilities for the events to come.
“It’s been going well these days in training, but it’s not amazing either, so I didn’t know how it was going to be,” said the 24-year-old skier. I just wanted to focus on my skiing and doing it right, not doing anything new, and then it worked. “
The skiers will return Sunday for the second giant slalom of the weekend, where Valérie Grenier would like to pick up where she left off on Saturday.