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Remme takes eighth in Semmering slalom

Sports briefs: Thomsen takes 10th at Bormio downhill

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Canadian Roni Remme posted her first-ever top-10 Audi FIS World Cup finish in her final race of 2018.

The Ontarian skied to an eighth-place finish in the slalom at Semmering, Austria, on Dec. 29, finishing 2.60 seconds back of American Mikaela Shiffrin, who earned the win. Slovakia's Petra Vlhova (0.29 seconds back) and Switzerland's Wendy Holdener (0.38 seconds back) shared the podium.

Even with her best-ever result, Remme felt she could have placed higher.

"I'm happy with the way today went," Remme said in a release. "I really just wanted to go out there and push myself harder than I have been; I made a lot of mistakes, but I'm also really happy with some of my sections as well."

It was a strong day for Canada as Quebec's Laurence St-Germain and Ontario's Erin Mielzynski were back-to-back in 10th and 11th, respectively.

In the previous day's giant slalom, Quebec's Mikaela Tommy was the top Canadian in 18th, 2.16 seconds back of champion Vlhova, who bested Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg by 0.45 seconds and France's Tessa Worley by 0.60 seconds.

Other Canadians were Valerie Grenier in 25th and Marie-Michele Gagnon in 29th.

Thomsen 10th at Bormio

Canada's Ben Thomsen took a second-consecutive 10th-place finish in FIS World Cup downhill action at Bormio, Italy on Dec. 28.

The 31-year-old veteran and B.C. native finished 1.61 seconds back of winner Dominik Paris of Italy, who shared the top-three with countryman Christof Innerhofer in second and Switzerland's Beat Feuz in third.

Battling through icy conditions, Thomsen was pleased to have completed two runs well as the lone Canadian competing in the race.

"I'm very happy with my result, but I'm still very hungry for more," Thomsen said in a release. "I have some work to do on the top section of this course, but it was really nice to see some challenging conditions again."

In the following day's super-G, Ontario's Dustin Cook was the top Canadian in 31st, 2.65 seconds back of Paris, who earned a second straight win. Austria's Matthias Mayer, in second, and Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, in third, shared the podium.

The two other Canadians weren't far behind Cook, as Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumnus Jack Crawford placed 35th while Thomsen was 36th on the day.

In the previous race before Christmas, the night slalom at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy on Dec. 22, Canada's Trevor Philp put up his best result of the season with a 12th-place showing, 1.37 seconds off the pace set by champion Daniel Yule of Switzerland. Austrians Marco Schwartz and Michael Matt were second and third, in order.

Erik Read, meanwhile, ended up 17th.

For full results from all races, check out www.fis-ski.com.

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