Alpine Skiing

CBC Sports - Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013 08:55 ET

Marie-Michele Gagnon 6th in World Cup slalom

Sisters Marlies, Bernadette Schild both on the podium

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Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon speeds down the course during the first run of the slalom Tuesday in Courchevel, France. (Giovanni Auletta/Associated Press)

Canadian alpine skier Marie-Michele Gagnon notched her fifth top 10 finish in eight races so far this season Tuesday in Courcheval, France.

Gagnon finished sixth with a combined time over two runs in the World Cup slalom of one minute, 46.81 seconds. The Lac-Etchemin, Que., native, who was eighth after the first run, finished 1.64 seconds back of the winning time. 

Gagnon briefly held the lead after the second run, but several of the first run leaders had yet to complete their day. 

"I’m showing consistency. I’m excited," Gagnon said in an Alpine Canada press release. "I really feel like I’m in a magical moment right now.    

"It was not an easy one today, that’s for sure. Especially with not training slalom for a long time, I just wanted to make it down so for sure I’m happy." 

Marlies Schild of Austria had a brilliant final run to move from third to first, flipping the order on the podium with younger sister Bernadette, who led after the first. Marlies Schild clocked 1:45.17, finishing 0.33 seconds ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden.

It was the winner's 34th career World Cup slalom win, matching a record set by Vreni Schneider in the 1990s. But it was Schild's first win since February 2012.  

"It's a very big [weight] falling off my body and my heart," said Schild. "It's nearly two years ago since my last victory. Everyone was asking and asking what the problem was. I wasn't feeling very good for a long time now." 

Bernadette Schild was the last skier, and earned her second career podium finish. She ran second at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in March.  

Bernadette said the unfamiliar position of leading the race made her nervous.   

"It wasn't too easy to me. I had to breathe deeply to get my heart rate down," Bernadette said. "It's different to stand up there when you're the last one down."  

Brittany Phelan of of Mont-Tremblant, Que., also finished in the points on Tuesday for Canada, coming in 27th. Eli Teriwel of  Elli Terwiel, of Sun Peaks, B.C.,  didn't qualify for the second run, while Erin Mielzynski of Guelph, Ont., and Mikaela Tommy of Wakefield, Que., didn't finish the first run. 

“Britt needed a top-30 to get back in the game,” said Canadian women's coach Hugues Ansermoz. “Erin was great and then boom, she fell. She made a technical mistake. It’s too bad because we know how well she is skiing." 

American Mikaela Shiffrin, last year's discipline champion, finished 12th. Tina Maze, overall champ from 2012-13, finished 17th. 

Tessa Worley suffers season-ending injury 

Another French Alpine skiing world champion has been ruled out of the Sochi Olympics with a knee injury after Tessa Worley crashed during a World Cup slalom race on Tuesday.   

The giant slalom world champion slipped during her first run inthe morning, landing on her back and then twisting forward before getting her leg caught in the protective material on the side of the slope.

 The International Ski Federation said she had torn her right anterior cruciate ligament and has been "ruled out for the entire season."   

In September, downhill world champion Marion Rolland ruptured aknee ligament in a training crash and needed surgery, also ruling her out of the Sochi Games.  

The 24-year-old Worley won a giant slalom race in St. Moritz on Sunday.  

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