Rubens taking advantage of home course

SHAWN SLAUGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE — For Shona Rubens of Canmore, Alta., nothing would be greater than to pick up a World Cup podium on her home hill this weekend.

Skiing out of the Lake Louise Ski Club with the Canadian National Ski Team, Rubens has been skiing this course since she was 15 years old.

“It is always nice to do well in front of the home crowd,” said Rubens. “I have had my best ever result in the World Cup at Lake Louise.”

Her best finish came in 2006, when she came in 15th in the downhill event at Lake Louise.

Rubens struggled through the training runs earlier in the weekend yet shaved off a few seconds after each run.

She was 58th in the first training run, 38th in the second training run and 26th in the second training.

However, she is still trying to get her legs under her as she mostly competed in slalom and giant slalom events last season.

“The training has been really good,” said Rubens. “I haven’t been racing too many speed (events) in the last couple of years. It is nice to come back and get a few runs under my belt.”

Through the week, Rubens said the course at Lake Louise has been great heading into the weekend.

“The workers, the volunteers and the community have been unreal,” said Rubens. “They are so stoked no matter how you do, but it is nice to do well in front of them.”

Over the summer, Rubens spent five weeks in New Zealand attending camps and worked on her speed events there.

When it comes to the Lake Louise course, though, she said you can’t hold anything back if you want to win.

“It is a fairly easy course, so you have to give it everything you have,” she said. “If you make a little bit of a mistake or are a little bit passive, you are not going to be fast.”

The natural progress for Rubens is to find success on the World Cup circuit.

She is a six-time GMC Pontiac Canadian champion and took home the downhill and slalom national titles last year.

She competed at the Turin Olympics in 2006 where she placed 26th.


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