Athlete Profile

Thomas Grandi, 28, of Banff, Alta., was the first Canadian man to make the podium at a World Cup giant slalom. He did so with a third-place finish at Park City, Utah - the 2002 Olympic venue - in 1997.

But things didn't turn out so well for him at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. Grandi failed to place in either of his races and was disqualified for straddling a gate after a fall in his first Giant Slalom run. He made his Olympic debut in the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, where he placed 14th in the slalom and 16th in the giant slalom.

While he is a Canadian citizen, Grandi was born in Bolzano, Italy. In fact, he has an Italian-based, horn-honking fan club that travels to many of his World Cup races.