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Canadians second, third in Val d’Isere

Osborne-Paradis picks up second medal of season



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Francois Bourque also cracked the top-30 on Saturday, placing 30 th .

Meanwhile the women’s team was having some success of its own in Italy. In Saturday’s super G at Cortina D’Ampezzo, Kelly VanderBeek placed 14 th , Genevieve Simard 22 nd and Emily Brydon 25 th . Whistler’s Britt Janyk finished just out of the points in 32 nd .

The race itself was delayed more than three hours due to rain and warm weather. Although the course held up for the most part, the later skiers had deeper ruts and slower conditions to contend with.

The win went to Julia Macuso of the U.S., followed by Austrian skiers Nicole Hosp and Renate Goetchl.

In Sunday’s downhill, Emily Brydon was the top Canadian in 16 th place, one spot ahead of Britt Janyk.

“I kind of have mixed emotions,” said Brydon. “I know I should be in the top-10. I tried to take advantage of the good conditions.”

For Janyk, she was the 42 nd skier down the course. Her first run was interrupted by a course official when the skier ahead of her went off course, forcing her to make another start.

“That was my first time ever being flagged,” said Janyk. “I was coming down in the fastest part of the course where I was skiing head down, and then when I looked up I saw someone in my line.

“I took the time on the chair to settle down, get calm and prepare for a second start.”

Kelly VanderBeek also cracked the top-30, placing 21 st .

Remate Goetschl of Austria took the win, followed by Julia Macuso and Marie Marchand-Arvier of France.

In Monday’s giant slalom, Genevieve Simard missed the podium by just 0.59 seconds, placing fourth. Karen Putzer of Italy took the win, followed by Julia Mancuso and Italy’s Denise Karbon.

“I am happy but a bit disappointed,” Simard said. “Fourth place is always the hardest position since you’re so close to the podium. Today was by far my best race of the weekend and maybe the best of the season.

“Today I got out of my comfort zone, attacked the course… and that’s exactly what I need to do to get on that podium.”

None of the other Canadian athletes managed to complete two runs.