Canadian woman takes home gold from World Cup slalom race
March 5, 2012
Canadian athlete Erin Mielzynski took home the gold at the most recent FIS women's World Cup slalom competition in Otterscwang, Germany, on Sunday. CTV reports that the 21-year-old skier is the first Canadian woman to win the race in about 40 years, since Betsy Clifford took the prize in 1971. This is also the only race she has placed higher than 13th.
"It's been my dream since I was little, It's a little slice of heaven right now," Mielzynski told reporters, according to The National Post. "I don't want to end the day, it's surreal."
Mielzynski has competed in this race for three seasons, and came in 13th twice last year in France and Germany. Prior to hitting the slopes, she was a world champion water skier, according to the news source. She took home the silver at the world junior water skiing championships in 2006.
The main thing Mielzynski hopes will result from her win is for other female Canadian athletes to be inspired and start getting more podium wins.
Those who want to find out more about athletics in Canada can make calls to Canada to talk to their friends about Mielzynski's accomplishments.