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Team Larisa is heading to the Olympics for Canada

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In a story of determination and perseverance, Larisa Yurkiw qualified today for the Canadian Olympic team.

 

For those who aren't familiar with the story, Larisa was a member of the Canadian Ladies Alpine Speed Team. While returning from injury, the Ladies'Speed team was dissolved due to lack of skiers, funds etc, leaving Larisa with no team. She decided she wasn't ready to call it quits and decided to run the 2014 WC season as an independent with a relentless marketing campaign to find sponsors and raise the many thousands of dollars to run the season and take a run for the Olympics, with virtually no support from Alpine Canada.

 

Alpine Canada set the bar high to make the Olympic team, requiring at least two top 12 finishes. Larisa accomplished this today with a career best 6th in Altenmarkt, to go with her previous best result 7th in Lake Louise. She officially punched her ticket to Sochi.

 

Huge congratulations to Larisa, an amazing story of determination and perseverance in the pursuit of your dreams.

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Great job by Larissa! Hope she can carry that form in Sochi, she deserves it! Watch out also for Mitch gagnon, she has been having some great results and just missing the podium
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Great job by Larissa! Hope she can carry that form in Sochi, she deserves it! Watch out also for Mitch gagnon, she has been having some great results and just missing the podium

Good eye ScotsSkier.  Any hot stock picks?  Horse races?

 

 

http://skiracing.com/stories/marie-michele-gagnon-charges-to-first-career-win-in-altenmarkt-sc/

 

Marie-Michele Gagnon has been on the verge all season. She’s finished in the top 10 in three separate disciplines, including slalom and super G, as featured in Sunday’s super combined at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, and she’s finished just shy of the podium, in the top five, on three occasions.

So, with a solid-enough result in the super G and a very strong performance in the slalom, the circumstances were just right for the Canadian to pick up her first career World Cup victory, just her second podium.

“This is incredible,” said Gagnon. “All the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. I couldn’t be happier.

It was a clear win for the 24-year-old. Gagnon’s toughest competition came from Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser and Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who each finished just under four-tenths of a second back, in second and third, respectively.

“It’s amazing and to be honest. I was quite surprised,” Gagnon admitted. “I knew I had to do a really good slalom since I was more than a second behind after the super G run. So, I entered the slalom without too much of expectation. I skied freely and that helped me give my best.”

For Canada, it was the nation’s first win in the combined in 30 years.

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Mitch was just a matter of time. She's been having a great season and has been just off the podium in several races this year. Looks like she is going to peak at the right time with her SC podium finish. Great for confidence going into Sochi as it must have been playing in her head if she would ever  get to the podium after so many near misses.

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