Sunday morning surprise in the Women World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany. After not qualifying for the second run on the previous day’s giant slalom, Erin Mielzynski won her first race on the World Cup.
Erin Mielzynski became the first Canadian to win a slalom since Ottawa’s Betsy Clifford in 1971. Although Canada was slowly coming back in the technical discipline since abandoning them in the Crazy Canucks era in the mid 1970s. This only Canada sixth victory in Slalom since the start of the World Cup in 1966-67. Nancy Greene has three wins in the first two WC seasons and Betsy two in the early 1970s. Canadian Men never won in Slalom.
21 years old and 21st race, the Guelph native’s previous best was 13th back in November in Courchevel (France) and also in Arber-Zwiesel (Germany).
Erin raced with the Georgian Peaks ski club in Collingwood on Georgian Bay (Ontario). In 2006 won a silver medal in jump at the World Waterskiing Junior Championships, shortly after that time she started focusing on a more frozen surface.
The American Resi Stiegler finished second and Austrian Marlies Schild got third to win her fourth Slalom World Cup title and successfully defending last year’s title. Quebec’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon equaled her best result with a fifth place.
Her is her second run from last year’s 13th place in Arber-Zweisel (Austria). Her run where she didn’t inspect due to a cut chin in the first run.
Winning the second run at the 2011 World Championship in Garmish (Germany)
UPDATE: SUMMARY OF SUNDAY’S RACE
UPDATE: INTERVIEWS WITH THE MEDALS WINNERS