Elli Terwiel of Heffley Creek finished a career-best 17th in the Flachau World Cup night slalom in Austria on Tuesday.
She was the second-fastest Canadian, with Erin Mielzynski of Guelph, Ont., ahead of her in 10th, in a combined time of one minute 53.59 seconds, giving her a fourth career top 10 finish.
Terwiel, a student at the University of Vermont, earned a career-best result on the back of a storming first run.
“I went from 45 to 21 in the first run,” Terwiel said in an Alpine Canada news release. She had a combined time of 1:54.65.
“The only thing that was going through my head,” she added, “was that I had nothing to lose. You don’t win anything if you don’t try so I went for it. It’s a different mentality when you make the second run. I tried my (best) and I’m happy with it.”
Terwiel now will return to North America to compete at the NCAA level.
Canadian women’s head coach Hugues Ansermoz said it was another strong team performance — though the team remains hungry for more.
“The girls have been skiing incredible in training the last few days,” Ansermoz said. “We have a lot of weapons but for sure we are fighting for top five or six – that’s where Erin wants to be. She made some mistakes but still got top 10.
“For Elli, the first run was really, really good — it was like, ‘Wow.’ That was great to see. The second run was difficult for her but she did a good job and she can be very, very happy with her result.”
Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, of the United States won her third career World Cup race, clocking a combined time of 1:51.45. Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter was second (1:52.30) and Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen was third (1:52.55).
Shiffrin leads the slalom World Cup standings with 426 points, while Slovenian superstar Tina Maze — who was fifth yesterday — is second with 355.