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.