According to CBC Sports on Sunday, Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec won a gold medal in a women’s World Cup alpine combined ski race in Soldeu, Andorra. For Gagnon, it was her second career gold medal in a women’s World Cup alpine combined ski race as she previously won a race in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, Austria on January 12, 2014.
Gagnon posted a winning time of 1:43.66. Wendy Holdener of Austria won the silver medal with a time of 1:43.86. Anne-Sophie Barthet of France won the bronze medal with a time of 1:44.27.
Gagnon reached the podium by 0.79 seconds. Federica Brignone of Italy was in fourth place with a time of 1:44.45. Gagnon had only the tenth fastest super giant slalom run of 58 seconds, but had the second fastest slalom run of 45.66 seconds.
Gagnon is now in a first place tie in the World Cup standings in the women’s alpine combined with 100 points. She is tied with the legendary Lindsey Vonn of the United States and Lara Gut of Switzerland. The women’s World Cup alpine combined skiing season concludes on March 13 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The gold medal for Gagnon in Andorra will give her confidence as she prepares for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.