For the ladies, the talented Larisa Yurkiw has taken the 7th of the Lake Louise’s downhill, her best career result. Before that, her best place in World Cup was a 9th in Tarvisio (2009). Last week, in Beaver Creek, the racer from Rossignol Team has already shown that she was in a good shape with a 15th rank in Super G. “Today feels like a dream. I had the number seven in my head all day for some reason. It’s the most incredible feeling to ski as well as I can in front of my family and my country, and for myself. I had a few points that I really wanted to cover today, but I know the intensity really gets brought up on race day. I tried to meet it somewhere in the middle by being extra relaxed today. I feel really happy that I accomplished exactly what I set out to do.”
For the men, Manuel Osborne-Paradis was so close to the podium! He finished just four-hundredths of a second behind the third -place finisher Peter Fill from Italy. “Another fourth! It’s just a matter of time before I get a podium. I’m skiing better and I’m skiing faster and more confidently. It’s really just about putting it all together. My run was pretty clean. I made a mistake on the pitch and came out a little low and that probably cost me the race, but that’s racing.”
His Rossi’s teammate Jan Hudec ended seventh but was very happy to be again on the Top 10: “I’m stoked to have another top 10. Manny and I both owe a big thank you to our serviceman, who absolutely nailed the wax and did a great job on the skis. I knew Manny had killed it when I went up for my run and that gave me a huge boost of confidence. I knew I had to man up and ski as aggressively as I could. I skied really well. I made a couple of mistakes in the middle section but besides that it was good.”
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