Valerie Grenier in a lean as she skis past a gate

Valérie Grenier


Valérie Grenier first came to international attention at the 2015 FIS Junior World Championships when she won bronze in the giant slalom and posted a fifth-place finish in the downhill. One year later, she was a double medallist at the junior worlds, taking gold in the downhill and silver in the super-G at just 19 years old. 

Grenier made her debut at the senior FIS World Championships in 2015, which was highlighted by a 19th-place finish in the super-G, making her the top-ranked Canadian in the event. In 2016, she underwent surgery for chronic exertional compartment syndrome in her shins and had to learn how to strengthen and use other muscles in her legs. She earned a career-best individual world championship result in 2017 when she finished 11th in the alpine combined. In her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, she finished sixth in the alpine combined, the best result by any member of the alpine skiing team at the Games.   

During a downhill training run at the 2019 World Championships in Are, Sweden, Grenier crashed and fractured her tibia, fibula and talus. She had surgery that night to insert a rod in her tibia. When the bone wasn’t healing properly, she had a second surgery five months later. After missing the entire 2019-20 season, Grenier returned to World Cup competition in October 2020 and went on to make her third straight appearance at the world championships. 

In early January 2022, just ahead of her second Olympic appearance at Beijing 2022, Grenier posted a fourth-place finish in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. She missed making her first World Cup podium by just 0.07 of a second. It was a sign of great success to come on that slope, however.

In January 2023, Grenier earned her first career World Cup victory in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom. She closed out the 2022-23 season with another podium, placing third in the giant slalom at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra. In between, she earned her first career medal at the FIS World Championships, taking bronze alongside Jeffrey Read, Britt Richardson, and Erik Read in the team parallel event.

Grenier would next stand on a World Cup podium in January 2024 when she earned her second straight victory in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom. It was her third top-five finish of the season and seventh top-five finish of her career in the giant slalom discipline.

Grenier had made her World Cup debut at Lake Louise in December 2014. She turned heads in January 2015 when she finished 13th in the super-G in St. Moritz in just her third career World Cup start. She began competing on the elite circuit fulltime in 2016-17. Prior to that, she spent most of her time on the NorAm Cup tour, finishing second overall in 2015-16. 

A Little More About Valérie

Getting into the Sport: Loved skiing from the first time she tried on her brother’s ski equipment when she was two… When her parents tried to take off the equipment, she started crying so they enrolled her in lessons… Started competing at age 7 and made the Quebec provincial team at age 16… Looked up to Melanie Turgeon when she was younger and wore a sticker with her picture on her helmet… Outside Interests: Enjoys waterskiing, mountain and road biking, playing tennis, reading… Occasionally works at her parents chicken/egg farm… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “The pain is in the brain” a quote her dad says to her that is very good at getting her through tough workouts…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2018 PyeongChangSkiing - AlpineCombined - Women6
2018 PyeongChangSkiing - AlpineDownhill - Women21
2018 PyeongChang Skiing - AlpineSuper-G - Women23
2018 PyeongChangSkiing - AlpineGiant Slalom - WomenDNF
2022 BeijingSkiing - AlpineGiant Slalom - WomenDNF

Notable International Results

Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - DNF (GS); 2018 - 6th (AC), 21st (DH), 23rd (SG), DNF (GS)

FIS World Championships: 2023 - BRONZE (team), 14th (AC), 20th (GS), DNF (SG); 2021 - DNF (SG), DNF (GS), DNF (AC); 2019 - 19th (SG); 2017 - 11th (AC), 32nd (DH), 33rd (SG), DNS2 (GS); 2015 - 19th (SG), DNF (DH), DNF1 (AC)

FIS World Junior Championships: 2016 - GOLD (DH), SILVER (SG), 7th (GS), DNF (AC), DSQ (SL); 2015 - BRONZE (GS), 5th (DH), DNF (SG), DNF (SC), DNF (SL); 2014 - 19th (SC), 23rd (SL), 34th (DH), 40th (SG), DNF (GS); 2013 - 25th (SG), 34th (GS), DNF (DH), DNF (SL)