Grandi leads team effort
After a promising World Cup stretch in North America, including a history-making podium at Lake Louise, the Canadian Alpine Ski Team landed in Italy last week with high hopes.
Things went well in the beginning, with both men and women excelling on a challenging giant slalom course in Alta Badia, Italy.
The womens team raced first on Dec. 13, tackling a World Cup course that is traditionally reserved for the men.
Two Canadians finished in the top-15, with Nanaimos Allison Forsyth leading the way.
She made a major mistake in her first run, but managed to recover to finish 22 nd and qualify for a second run.
"I made a huge mistake in the first run and lost at least a second there," said Forsyth. "After that it took a while to get it going again. To be honest I was pretty mad at myself. A mistake is a mistake. But I had the fifth-fastest split at the bottom so I knew I was skiing well."
Forsyth came back in the next run to jump up in the ranks and finish 11 th .
"After the first run, my attitude before might have been to give up, think that Im too far behind. But my attitude today after the first run was different. I was a bit angry. I thought I am better than that."
Forsyth, who earned a bronze in the giant slalom at the world championships last season, put her anger to good use and went out and posted the third-fastest second run of the day.
"I just went out like fire," said Forsyth. "I came out like lightning in the second run And I skied probably my best skiing of the year."
Her teammate Genevieve Simard of Val-Morin, Quebec, had the opposite day of Forsyth. The 23-year-old was solid in her first run, placing eighth. She had a few lapses on her second run that moved her back into 14 th position.
"I was really happy with my first run," said Simard. "The coaches made it clear in the first run you had to go all out and let it rip. I did that and it was really good, I was happy with how I skied.
"In the second run I had no other goal than to do exactly as I did in the first. I started well and then I started to make some mistakes. Thats costly on a hill like this. The World Cup field is strong so you cant make mistakes and do well."