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Laurence St-Germain confirms her place on the Olympic team

Pushed back to 25e place after the first round, Laurence St-Germain left the starting gate with a knife between her teeth during the second descent to sign her best result of the year, Tuesday, at the World Cup in Schladming in Austria, and so confirm his place on the Olympic team ahead of the Beijing Games.

St-Germain finished second in the second heat and ended her day with an eighth position at 1:51 behind American Mikaela Shiffrin, who clocked 1:32:66 to take the top step of the podium.

“I had nothing to lose,” she summed up. I preferred to get off the course than to be excluded from the top 20 for a second race in a row. I attacked and gave it all. When I looked at my time, I was really happy. “

With its eighth position, St-Germain now meets Alpine Canada’s A criteria. The selection period ended with the Schaldming event, which welcomed women for the first time.

“It takes the stress out of waiting until the official announcement on January 20,” she said. With a second top 10 this season, I showed that I have my place. I did not think about the Olympic selection before today’s race [mardi], but I thought about it before the previous one, Sunday. I didn’t want to make a second conservative run to improve my chances of selection. ”

“Beyond the Games, I wanted to get a good result,” continued St-Germain. I was not tempted to finish between the 20the and the 30e rank. Sunday, I had finished in 22e place and not completed the previous race. Because the track was not long, I knew I could come back from several positions if I had a good second run. “


What happened between the two rounds?

“I was frustrated and tired of finishing this far,” she said. In the first run, I was neutral instead of being aggressive. I perform well under pressure as I sometimes feel too much like this is a training run. “

Capable of the best and the worst since the start of the season, St-Germain wants to gain consistency in anticipation of the Games.

“My performance in the second heat gives me confidence, but I have to focus on my consistency after finishing in 25e square. I lack consistency in training and it shows in races. My teammates are doing very well and it allows me to compare. I’m glad they’re getting good results, but it adds stress. “

Podium goal in Beijing

Despite sawtooth results since the start of the season and what she has called a bottoming out in recent weeks, St-Germain is keeping his eyes on his initial goals.

“I had big ambitions and it still is,” she says. It was not impossible that I finished on the podium. I’m still aiming for a medal in Beijing, but I want to experience constant training and arrive with confidence. “