Roni Remme surprise winner of women's downhill title
Collingwood, Ont., native wins at Canadian alpine skiing championships
Roni Remme of Collingwood, Ont., won the women's downhill at the Canadian alpine skiing championships Friday.
The 18-year-old considers herself more of a technical specialist and was only competing in the downhill for the second time in her career. She finished in one minute 7.73 seconds, beating out Olympians Marie-Pier Prefontaine and Erin Mielzynski.
"It's definitely unexpected," said Remme, who was also the top junior. "I've always been more invested in the technical events and I just did my first downhill a couple of weeks ago. The goal is always to become the best all-round skier but I've never really thought about downhill."
Remme was third-fastest in Thursday's training run.
"I knew I was skiing the top really well," Remme said. "A little lower down I ran into some soft snow and I was really (mad). I got fired up and I think that helped me in the next part."
Remme was third in slalom at the Audi Coupe Nor-Am Cup finals last week and finished the season ranked fourth in the overall slalom standings. She's seen as one of the top up-and-coming skiers on the women's team but even her coach said she caught a lot of people by surprise Friday.