Marie-Michèle Gagnon has her sights set on a Canadian alpine skiing record.
The Lac-Etchemin, Que. native didn't have much trouble in claiming her fourth straight national slalom title on Tuesday at the Alpine Canadian Championships in Whistler, B.C., winning the race in a time of one minute, 40.44 seconds for her ninth Canadian title in four different disciplines.
That puts her within six of Britt Janyk's all-time Canadian mark of 15.
"It’s pretty exciting," she said in a press release. "[Retired skier] Britt Janyk has the record of national championships — I’m on my way there. She’ll think it’s funny that I’m trying to catch up. I’m just having fun and trying to race as fast as I can and maybe eventually I will get there."
With the win, Gagnon also added another piece of hardware to go along with the downhill silver and super-G gold she had already claimed.
She will have a good chance of adding to her medal haul on Wednesday when she competes in the ladies’ giant slalom.
Sherbrooke, Que. native Ève Routhier produced a two-run combined time of 1:43.42 for a second-place finish while Elli Terwiel of Sun Peaks, B.C., was third (1:44.00). Saint-Sauveur, Que. native Marie-Pier Préfontaine was fourth (1:45.68).
On the men's side, Calgary native Trevor Philp won the giant slalom title — even though he lost a ski pole during his second run — with a time of 2:19.45 to complement his slalom victory from last year's nationals in Quebec.
"On the top flats I hooked my arm and when I got it back my pole wasn’t there," he said. "I skied the last three-quarters of the course without a pole but it wasn’t so bad."
He added: "It's a cool accomplishment. It’s fun to get a giant slalom title this time around and do it with all these competitors here."
Toronto, Ont. native Philip Brown wasn't far behind and finished in second (2:20.23) and Calgary's Tyler Werry was third.
The men’s race began with Jean-Philippe Roy, from Ste-Flavie, Que., taking part in a ceremonial farewell run. Roy recently announced that he is retiring from ski racing after a long and successful career.
"It’s been an awesome day," he said. "I’m pretty happy with the way my retirement went. I had a lot of injuries and it’s not fun to be finishing with injuries so to finish healthy is the best way to end my career. I’m happy with what I achieved. It’s not just about results . . . I’m proud of what I’ve done to get where I am today."