February 15, 2006
Grandi excited about silver
ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

TURIN, Italy -- Valentine's Day got a whole lot easier to remember for Thomas Grandi, thanks to his wife's silver medal win with Beckie Scott yesterday.

Not that he would ever forget.

"She thinks I forgot," said Grandi who watched the race with teammates at their training site an hour away in Gressoney, Italy.

"I ordered her flowers -- she already got a bunch (from the IOC for winning a medal) but hopefully she'll get the ones I sent her."

Hard to say which bouquet will mean more.

Training off-site while his wife competed in her first two events, Canada's top technical skier can't wait to get to the Athletes' Village Saturday to celebrate the Canmore couple's first Olympic medal.

"Sara and I are a team and we just won a silver," said Grandi, who races Monday.

"I feel that no matter the outcome for both of us from here on in, it's a successful Olympics. The pressure is off and I am inspired."

After years of frustration on the World Cup circuit, Renner's career blossomed last season after Grandi broke through to win back-to-back World Cup races.

Soon thereafter, Renner fed off her hubby's success by winning Canada's first cross-country skiing medal at the world championships, finishing third.

"We cheered like maniacs," said Grandi of his reaction and subsequent phone call with his beloved.

"I did most of the shouting and hollering on the phone and let out a big yeehaw. I think she was pretty much speechless and maybe a little tired."

Grandi said he spoke to Renner before the race, which is when she got the impression he forgot about Valentine's Day.

"I got a great vibe from her about the race -- she was super confident and relaxed," said Grandi.

"I knew they had a great chance today and I was on pins and needles."