Grandi in the top-10; Canadians crack the top-20
The Canadian Alpine Ski Team started the New Year with a new resolve last weekend, making strong finishes in Italy and Slovenia. For some skiers, like Canmores Thomas Grandi, it was a long-awaited return to the top-10. For others, namely Whistlers Britt Janyk, it was yet another milestone in her breakthrough season.
The womens team was at Bormio, Italy for a giant slalom and slalom events.
In the GS on Jan. 4, Nanaimos Allison Forsyth led a trio of Canadian women into the top-20 with a 10 th place finish, 2.66 seconds back of first place. Janyk finished in 17 th place and Genevieve Simard was 19 th .
Forsyth, 24, started the day slowly, and was ranked 19 th herself after her first run. She posted the second-fastest final run of the day to move up nine spots to the 10 th position.
"Ive been struggling to find the feeling in GS and for the first time all year I really felt like I was racing, like I was going fast," she said. "Its been tough, but Im proud that I have been able to stay positive and improve through the ups and downs. Its been a good learning experience."
Although she came into this World Cup season ranked fifth in the GS, Forsyth has been struggling to find a place in the top-30. Now she wants to finish her season on a strong note.
"Im still on track for World Championships. Its just a head game now," she said. "Ive built a lot of confidence today and theres no reason for me not to ski my absolute best at St. Moritz. This is a funny sport where every day the variables change and anyone in the top-10 can win."
That day the winner was Sonja Nef of Switzerland, who led the day with a time of 2:24.39. Anja Paerson of Sweden was second in 2:24.66, and Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria was third in 2:25.64.
Only the Austrian team placed more skiers in the top-20 than Canada with five.
In the slalom on Jan. 5, Janyk was the top Canadian, in 16 th place her best World Cup result in the discipline to date. Furthermore, she once again made the second-fastest second run of the day, showing that she is just one good run away from her first World Cup podium.
"This tells me that my slalom is fast, I can be right in there," said Janyk, 22. "With a good start number Im as fast as anyone out there."