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Gagnon wins super combined alpine skiing gold in Austria

Marie-Michele Gagnon
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According to the Canadian Press, Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec won a women's super combined alpine skiing gold medal at a World Cup competition in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria on Sunday.

The victory by Gagnon is significant because it was the first victory by a Canadian in a women's alpine skiing combined event when Gerry Sorensen of Kimberly, British Columbia won a World Cup race in Puy St. Vincent, France on January 8, 1984.

The timing could also not have been better for Gagnon because it comes with less than a month from the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Gagnon did not have the best super giant slalom run, as she was only the 16th fastest with a time of 1:14.51, but had an excellent run in the slalom portion by posting a time of 51.04. Her slalom run was the second fastest for all skiers, and was just seven one-hundredths of a second slower than Sara Hector Sweden.

Gagnon who skied to a time of 2:05.55, was 0.32 seconds faster than Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria, who posted a time of 2:05.87. German great Maria Hoefl-Riesch was in third with a time of 2:05.94.