Grandi, Guay lead Canadian efforts at Beaver Creek 

Miller continues new-found dominance in speed events; Austrians starting to pick up pace

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That would be it for the men’s speed team. The technical team took over on Dec. 4 with a giant slalom.

Canmore’s Thomas Grandi was the lone bright spot for the Canadian team, in 13 th place, with teammates Francois Bourque and Jean-Phillipe Roy not finishing their first runs.

Grandi almost didn’t finish at all, with two big mistakes on one run.

After finishing 10 th on his first run, Grandi took a few chances on his second run and posted the fastest split in the middle section of the course. He made his first mistake off the Golden Eagle jump two-thirds of the way down the course, and then another error coming out of a corner near the bottom.

The 31-year-old Grandi, who proved last year that he skis better when he’s angry, may have some ammunition for his next race.

"The (mistake) that really cost me was right at the bottom, after I came out of that delay and then I was a little too straight I guess. I just couldn’t roll into that new turn and I started chattering and I just couldn’t stop. I just tried to survive at that point and lost a lot of speed. I basically was crawling through the last few gates," he said.

"I was furious because I knew I had a good run going. I felt I was knifing it and then I blew it at the bottom. I’d rather make a mistake than ski conservatively. As angry as I was for a split second, I’m happy with the way I’m skiing. I’m happy with my approach to the race today."

Grandi has yet to win a World Cup event, coming close last season with a silver medal in the slalom at Kitzbuehel, Austria. At 31 he’s the oldest member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, but Grandi’s definitely improving with age, ranking in the top-20 in the world last season for slalom and giant slalom.

Lasse Kjus of Norway took the GS win at Beaver Creek, followed by Hermann Maier and Benjamin Raich of Austria.

In the slalom on Sunday, the last World Cup event at Beaver Creek, Mont Tremblant’s Ryan Semple was the only skier to crack the top-30 with a 25 th place finish. Whistler’s Michael Janyk was 41 st , and Thomas Grandi and J.P. Roy both skied off course.

"Today is a good day," said Semple. "It’s the first slalom of the year and I qualified. I’m looking forward to the rest now."

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