Slow week for Canadian skiers 

Grandi 11 th , Janyk 12 th in World Cup

The Canadian Alpine Ski Team had an off-weekend on the World Cup circuit, which is a minor setback after their recent success.

It started off well on Saturday with Thomas Grandi making yet another top-15 finish, this time in the classic giant slalom event at Adelboden, Switzerland. The horrible weather conditions – sleet, rain, slush and generally poor visibility – left the race wide open, taking some of the top contenders out of the running.

Grandi was in eighth place after the first run, and was the only Canadian to qualify for a second run. With the rain getting worse as the day progressed, Grandi counted himself lucky to only drop three placed into 11 th with his second run. His total time of two minutes, 34.24 seconds was only slightly more than two seconds off the pace, but well back of where any of the top skiers would have been in ideal conditions.

"It was scary," said Grandi, 31. "It wasn’t an easy race. It was tough to see in the second run.

"Maybe I was a little timid on the second run. I kept telling myself ‘go forward, go forward,’ but I was hesitating a little and that makes it a bouncier ride and then everything goes downhill."

Julien Cousineau put his goggle lenses on inside out, and was unable to see through the fog. Jean-Philippe Roy of Ste-Flavie, Quebec moved up 15 places from 53 rd into 38 th but couldn’t make it to a second run. "After three gates, you couldn’t see anything," he said.

Ryan Semple of Ottawa fell at the top of the course, but managed to get up and finish in 44 th with a slight thumb sprain. Rossland’s David Anderson hit a slushy patch and went off course.

Kalle Palander of Finland took the win, followed by Massimiliano Blardone of Italy and Heinz Schilchegger of Austria.

The men got a second crack at the course on Sunday for a slalom race with much better weather conditions. Unfortunately only Grandi managed to qualify for a second run, once again, sitting 11 th after his first run. Disaster struck on his second run when Grandi flew of the course into the safety net.

He was OK, which is a relief for a team with a long injury list, but frustrated.

"I’m not sure what happened," he said. "I hit a rut or something. It’s something that never happens in training. It’s not something which could have been avoided."

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