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Grenier, Crawford lead Canada into world alpine ski championship

Canada's Valerie Grenier speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom race, in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marco Trovati

CALGARY — James Crawford and Valérie Grenier lead Canada's alpine ski team into the world championship starting Monday in Courchevel and Méribel, France.

The 13-skier squad announced Saturday by Alpine Canada kicks off racing with women's alpine combined Monday and concludes Feb. 19 with men's slalom.

Grenier of Mont-Tremblant, Que., won a World Cup gold medal in giant slalom last month in Slovenia.

Toronto's Crawford, an Olympic bronze medallist last year in men's alpine combined, has reached the men's downhill podium twice this season with a silver and a bronze.

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., will compete in her team-leading eighth world championship.

"Our women have had some special moments this season,” women's team head coach Karin Harjo said in a statement.

"This group really supports and pushes each other to be better every day. 

"Val’s World Cup win was an amazing moment for the team that served to reinforce the possibilities that come from hard work and determination."

Toronto's Alli Nullmeyer, Amelia Smart of Invermere, B.C., Britt Richardson of Canmore, Alta., and Laurence St-Germain of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., round out the Canadian women's side.

Calgary brothers Erik and Jeff Read, Broderick Thompson of Whistler, B.C., Brodie Seger and Cam Alexander of North Vancouver, B.C., comprise the men's team.

Seger placed fourth in super-G and Crawford fourth in alpine combined in the 2021 world championship in Cortina, Italy.

Calgary's Trevor Philp was named to Canada's team, and would have raced in his sixth world championship, but he's sidelined with a leg injury sustained Jan. 29 while racing super-G in Cortina.

Canadians have won 29 medals in the history of the world alpine championship. 

Retired racer Erik Guay was Canada's last champion in 2017 with a super-G victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 4, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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