A podium in the sights of Valérie Grenier

A podium in Valérie Grenier's sights

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After a campaign marked by ups and downs last year, Valérie Grenier is feeling ready with 48 hours to go before the start of the Giant Slalom World Cup season. /p>

Ahead of the Solden World Cup to be played in Austria on Saturday, Grenier says she is fully recovered from the knee injury that made her fear she could miss the Beijing Olympics.&nbsp ;

  I am in good health, she said when we reached her on Tuesday in Italy. I don't have any physical issues and I'm in top shape. ”

In form, Grenier has big aspirations. “My goal is still to achieve a podium, indicated the one who obtained three top 10 last year, including a 4th place. I want to be consistent and I'm aiming for a place in the top 7 in the cumulative ranking. I want to get closer to the best. »

Back to super-G  

With her health issues behind her, Grenier has another good reason to show off her best smile. “I'm going to make my return to super-G,” she confirmed. I did all the super-G training this summer at our camp in Chile. Due to my absence, I'm not sure what to expect, but I believe I can do well. I'll make my way quietly. »

After a terrible fall in February 2019 in Are, Sweden during a training run for the world championship, the skier affiliated with Mont-Tremblant had tried a comeback last year, but the experience did not have was conclusive.

“It didn't go well and I left the track halfway through because I had fears, she recalled. I had very good training and I never felt this feeling. It makes a big difference to be able to concentrate on my skiing without fear of injury.

“I am having fun and I am confident,” continued Grenier. It feels good to have those feelings. Last year, I had no fun in super-G. »

Nothing lost

Grenier ensures that has lost nothing despite his long absence. “I'm in the same place as before,” she said. Before my injury, the super-G was my discipline. I love the super-G.

“Focusing on the giant slalom helped my super-G,” added the two-time Olympian. I have a good technique and I can concentrate on my speed. Everything is going well and I am in good shape. There is no reason not to aim high. »