Canadians see mixed results in Italy 

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Whistler’s Britt Janyk, who is coming off a knee injury, finished 48 th .

"I skied well, but I gave the hill too much respect," she said. "I’m frustrated with my run. I know I can be faster. I wasn’t exactly holding back but I gave it too much respect and my time shows it."

Gail Kelly of Ste-Anges de Beauce, Quebec, was 51 st .

Although it was a tough course, the women were unanimous that the World Cup circuit needs more tough courses for the women.

The gold medal went to Denise Karbon of Italy, followed by Nicole Hosp and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.

Grandi takes sixth place

Banff racer Thomas Grandi led the way for the Canadian men in Italy, following Forsyth’s lead and turning anger into results.

Disappointed by what he thought was a mediocre first run that left him in 25 th position, Grandi turned it up and posted the fastest second run of the day.

"I was disappointed this morning and that always makes me ski better," said Grandi. "When I’m disappointed I get angry with myself. I knew I could ski better and my coaches knew I could ski better than I did this morning. I had to prove it to myself."

His second run was faster than the times posted by the reigning Olympic champion, the World Champion, and World Cup champion. It also put him in sixth place overall, a jump of 19 positions.

"I needed this to really get my season started," said the 31-year-old veteran. "I haven’t had a result in the World Cup yet this year so I needed this. A lot."

His teammates didn’t fare as well. Jean-Philippe Roy of Ste-Flavie, Quebec started in 57 th , and moved up to 36 th . Julien Cousineau, still recovering from an eye injury occurred during a crash into a gate at Park City, was 51 st . Erik Guay of Mont Tremblant, who is coming off a silver medal in the downhill at Lake Louise, was 53 rd . Francois Bourque of New Richmond, Quebec did not finish.

The gold medal went to Kalle Palander of Finland, followed by Davide Simoncelli of Italy and Federic Covili of France.

Grandi lone qualifier in slalom

After wrapping up GS races at Alta Badia, Italy, the Canadian team moved down the road to a series of slalom races at Madonna di Campiglio.

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