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Goodman wins silver at Canadian Championship in last race

The Canadian Press

3/25/2012 4:00:14 PM

MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, Que. -- Anna Goodman claimed a slalom silver medal at the Canadian Championship on Sunday in her last race before retiring.

The 26-year-old skier from Pointe Claire, Que., announced her retirement on Saturday after eight years with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

Goodman finished behind her good friend Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., and ahead of Toronto's Madison Irwin and Norway's Kristina Riis-Johannessen who tied for third.

After the race, Goodman's teammates, fellow racers and coaches gathered in the finish area to cheer her on as she took part in a comical farewell run down the course.

Goodman, whose nickname is "Anna Banana," decided to wear a huge yellow banana suit for the post-race celebration.

"At first the top of the banana was flopping all over the place so I stopped. It was really awkward," Goodman said. "It was really cool. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end it.

"I was mostly just laughing. My parents were there and they were more emotional than I was."

Gagnon, the defending Canadian slalom champion, won both runs and built up a huge lead to take the victory with a two-run combined time of one minute 38.81 seconds.

"It was pretty good," Gagnon said. "It's great that I just skied like I do in training -- two good runs with no big mistakes. I'm happy."

Goodman was competing in her first Canadian Championships since 2009 due to injuries. She posted a time of 1:40.42 on Sunday.

"I had a really good first run and I just really wanted to finish (strong)," said Goodman, who is planning to go to school to study business. "I was probably a little cautious in the second run but whatever...

"This isn't quite the end. I'm going to the Spring Series, really just to have fun. I'm going to make it more of a celebration."

Irwin and Riis-Johannessen tied for third with identical times of 1:42.02.