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Canmore’s Thomas Grandi finished the season in 13 th place with 145 points.

The women’s slalom managed to get off the ground on Saturday despite the conditions. None of the Canadian women qualified this year, with injuries again proving to be a factor. Allison Forsyth of Nanaimo and Whistler’s Britt Janyk, two of Canada’s top slalom skiers, missed events and spent time recovering from various injuries during the season. For Forsyth, the problem was recurring tendonitis in her hips. Janyk pulled out of a race with a damaged knee early in the season and underwent surgery before attempting her comeback.

The final women’s slalom went to Marlies Schild of Austria, followed by Sarah Schleper of the U.S. and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland.

Sweden’s Anja Paerson finished on top of the slalom standings with 770 points. Schild was a distant second with 447 and Monika Bergmann-Schmuderer of Germany was third with 437.

In the women’s giant slalom on Sunday, Paerson won another medal and her third consecutive GS title with 630 points to her credit. Denise Karbon of Italy was second and Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria third.

Forsyth, 25, finished the season on a high note in fifth place, less than half a second off the podium.

"It’s been my toughest year yet on the World Cup circuit," said Forsyth, referring to her tendonitis. "I can’t say I’m not happy to see this season end.

"I’ve definitely been running on a half-tank of gas, when I usually race at 110 per cent."

Despite the pain and constant rehabilitation, Forsyth was happy to meet her goal and finish in the top-15. Her fifth place result left her 15 th in the final GS standings.

"I was very excited to race at Sestrieres – I love this hill and it’s definitely one of my new favourites. The conditions were tough and icy, which lend themselves towards my style of skiing," she said.

"I wanted to go out and enjoy my last run of the year, and I’m excited to end the season with my best result."

In the final GS standings Paerson was followed by Denise Karbon with 343 and Maria Jose Rienda Contreras of Spain with 339. Simard and Janyk were 29 th and 30 th for Canada.

The last event of the World Cup finals was the men’s slalom. Kalle Palander of Finland took the gold followed by Rainer Schoenfelder and Manfred Pranger of Austria.