Larisa Yurkiw looks for strong finish at World Cup Finals
Owen Sound, Ont., native has won 3 downhill World Cup medals
With alpine skiing's season-ending World Cup Finals set for St.Moritz, Switzerland this week, Canadian skier Larisa Yurkiw is looking to put an exclamation point on her stellar season.
The event, which CBCSports.ca will live stream, begins with the men's downhill Wednesday at 4:45 a.m.ET, followed by the women's downhill at 6:15 a.m. ET.
Yurkiw has qualified for both the women's downhill and super-G events.
In total, Canada has won five World Cup medals this season. All were earned by women: three by Yurkiw and two by technical specialist Marie-Michele Gagnon.
Yurkiw has been the star of the Canadian team, enjoying the best season of her career, including back-to-back podium finishes.
The 27-year-old skier from Owen Sound, Ont., won three downhill medals in a little more than a month, taking bronze in Val-d'Isere, France, silver in Altenmarkt, Austria, and another silver medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Yurkiw is also the only Canadian woman racing World Cup downhills full-time this season.
"What she did this year was just amazing," said Yurkiw's coach, Kurt Mayr. "[She's a] great athlete with a great attitude and behaviour."
The victory in Val-d'Isere was especially sweet for Yurkiw. It was in training there six years ago that she suffered a devastating knee injury, which forced her to miss two seasons and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
"Having stood on the podium in a place that knocked me out was very massive," Yurkiw said. "It was monumental in a sense that I'm a more experienced and mature and weathered athlete coming here now."
And with American star Lindsay Vonn out with a hairline fracture in her left knee, Yurkiw has an even better chance of reaching the podium at the World Cup Finals.
March has been a quite month for Yurkiw, who finished 21st last Saturday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to qualify for the super-G event.
She took a break and went home after seven intense weeks of competition.
Still, her expectations have significantly risen since the start of the alpine season.
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World Cup Finals on CBCSports.ca
- Men's downhill, 4:45 a.m. ET
- Women's downhill, 6:15 a.m. ET
- Women's super-G, 4:45 a.m. ET
- Men's super-G, 6:15 a.m. ET
- Men's slalom (1st run), 3:15 a.m. ET
- Women's giant slalom (1st run), 4:20 a.m. ET
- Men's slalom (2nd run), 5:50 a.m. ET
- Women's giant slalom (2nd run), 6:50 a.m. ET
With files from The Canadian Press