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"Its been seven years," said Grandi, referring to the bronze medal he won in GS at Park City, Utah in 1997. "Its been a long journey back to the podium.
"Ive been chasing this a long time. Its a great feeling. I have had good second runs previously, but never a good opener. I wasnt nervous at all this morning, but before my second run I certainly was."
Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Quebec also made it into the top-30 in the slalom, finishing 20 th . Although the 22-year-old was excited by his own finish and the consistency he has found lately, he had more to say about Grandi than his own skiing.
"Its awesome, he skied great today. Its been good for him to be back on the podium, especially in Kitzbuehel here. Hes been looking good all season long and finally we started getting something going," said Cousineau.
"I did well in the first run but in the second I made some mistakes. Im a little disappointed with that run but other than that I was starting far back and climbed into 15 th . Its the second race in a row that Ive qualified now. I gained World Cup points and for the next race Im really confident. It proves I can be there with those guys."
Sundays slalom rounded out a mediocre week for the mens team. In the downhill on Thursday, Vincent Lavoie of Quebec City was the top Canadian in 27 th place. Whistlers Jeff Hume was 43 rd but showed his potential in the training and qualifying runs.
In the super G on Friday, Lavoie was once again the only Canadian in the top-30, finishing in 29 th place. David Anderson of Rossland was 36 th and Hume 43 rd once again.
In the second downhill on Saturday (the first was a make-up event), Lavoie moved up to 22 nd .
Hume did not finish that race after an jump in the final gates left him hung up in the safety netting. He suffered a bruised chest and a concussion, and was out cold for more than a minute. Still, he managed to walk off the course under his own power.
"He is in one piece and his knees are okay, but hes had a concussion. He doesnt remember anything," said head coach Burkhard Schaffer. "For sure he will not ski next week. But whether its one, two or three weeks off we will have to wait and see.