American Bode Miller conquers icy GS track at World Cup opener - BC Alpine Ski Association

Starting in the top 10 for the first run and bringing his years of experience on the World Cup circuit to the race, Canadian team veteran Thomas Grandi carried Canada's hopes for a solid finish on the difficult course. The Canmore resident got off to a good start with a strong top section before disaster struck when a ski came off in the opening leg of the course.

“I was strong but the ski just released. It's something that's not supposed to happen. But the next guy behind me did the same thing on a different brand of bindings so you can't blame the equipment. It happens,” said Grandi, who said the hard surface was beginning to get chopped up, causing a lot of vibration in the skis.

Earlier in the week, Canadian men's program head coach Burkhard Schaffer had remarked that because of S