Simard wins gold in Italy 

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Genevieve Simard of Val-Morin, Quebec, earned her third consecutive top-30 in the downhill with a 27 th place finish – not bad considering that she is relatively new to the discipline.

"I felt good coming down," said Simard.

"I thought I would be a little faster, honestly. But, thinking back, there were a few turns I got late in the soft snow, which was really costly.

"When the snow is soft like this it’s really crucial that you stay in the track and I got late a few times, but I’ll look at the splits, watch video and build on this."

Anne-Marie Lefrancois of Charlesbourg, Quebec and Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener, Ontario were 39 th and 41 st respectively.

Renate Goetschl of Austria made history in this race, claiming her second straight gold medal to move into third on the all-time World Cup downhill victory list. Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria and Hilde Gerg of Germany tied for second place.

In the super G on the following day, Simard posted her best World Cup result of the season and tied her career best finish with a sixth place performance.

"I needed that," said Simard. "It feels good to get to the bottom and do a little fist in the air.

"This morning I went back to some basics with Short (coach Stephan Kurz), did some free skiing without poles and just some exercises to feel the good position of my body, and it really helped to go back to the simple stuff. The only thing I was thinking about this run was ‘full gas’, to charge right out of the block."

Brydon also had a good day with a 17 th place finish, although she didn’t quite see it that way.

"The times are self-explanatory," said Brydon. Crappy run, crappy time.

"I almost blew out near the bottom. I lost a lot of time there."

VanderBeek was 34 th and Lefrancois did not finish her run.

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