February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Fourth
Sun Media

Born in Bolzano, Italy, just 400 km away from Turin, Thomas Grandi feels right at home in the Italian mountains.

Having won his first World Cup race in Alta Badia, Italy last season to kickstart a run that saw him win again a week later, the Canadian team's 12-year veteran is not short on optimism or motivation heading into his fourth, and likely final, Olympic Games.

"It's now or never," said Grandi, who grew up in Canmore where he lives with wife Sara Renner, an Olympic cross country skier. "It will be an incredible experience to compete with a home crowd support but without the home turf pressure."

One of the world's most technically sound skiers, Grandi is ranked top 10 in World Cup giant slalom and slalom events slated for Sestriere Feb. 20 and 25th respectively.

With a pair of podium finishes highlighting his season so far, Grandi's consistency has many believing the storybook ending could play out.

Determined to erase memories of frustrating Olympic results that have seen him finish no better than 12th, Canada's most decorated male technical skier is focused on winning the country's first Olympic medal in alpine since Edi Podivinsky's downhill bronze in 1994.

Event schedule

Sun., Feb. 12

Downhill

Tues., Feb. 14

Combined

Sat., Feb. 18

Super-G

Mon., Feb. 20

Giant Slalom

Sat., Feb 25

Slalom

Previous games

Grandi's best Olympic finish was a 12th in the Giant Slalom at Salt Lake.

Olympics:

2002

1998