Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec, showed strength, aggression and speed in another exciting World Cup race on Sunday claiming 8th position (1:46.28).
Once again, the Austrians showed incredible depth and talent. Nicole Hosp of AUT, claimed 1st (1:44.90), Frida Hansdotter of SWE finished 2nd (1:45.09) and Kathrin Zettel of AUT finished 3rd (1:45.85).
Gagnon started the race with an aggressive first run which had her sitting in 5th place heading into the second run. She looked solid, confident, and in control of her skiing. An aggressive approach in her second run cost Gagnon some speed in a few sections, dropping her to a respectable 8th place finish.
"I'm a little bit disappointed today," stated Gagnon. "I'm trying different things now because I want more than just 4th or 5th or 6th. I'm working on finding that perfect balance of speed and aggression, charging hard to get myself on the podium, where I know I belong."
Gagnon's attitude shows that she's hungry for podiums this season and it shows in her approach to racing. She is skiing fast, confidently, and she's pushing herself to step it up.
"Levi was the first time that I was bummed with fifth – because now I'm racing to win. I want more and I know I can get there. Seeing someone like (Nicole) Hosp win today makes me realize that it's really doable. It's not always (Mikaela) Shiffrin anymore and now the first spot is open sometimes" stated Gagnon.
There were no other Canadians in the second run. Elli Terwiel of Kamloops, BC, ended up in 45th position and did not qualify for the second run. Brittany Phelan, of Mont-Tremblant, QC, had an unfortunate mistake near the finish line of the first run, fought through a "360" and ended up in 46th place and did not qualify for the second run; Erin Mielzynski, of Collingwood, ON, straddled near the top and was disqualified.