Sara Renner

Sara Renner (born April 10, 1976) is a Canadian cross-country skier who competed from 1994 to 2010. With Beckie Scott, she won the silver medal in the team sprint event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and earned her best individual finish of eight in the 10 km classical event in those same games. She was born in Golden, British Columbia.

Sara Renner
RENNER Sara Tour de Ski 2010.jpg
Country Canada
Born (1976-04-10) 10 April 1976 (age 44)
Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Ski clubCanmore Nordic Ski Club
World Cup career
Seasons19961998, 20002006, 20082010
Individual wins0
Team wins0
Indiv. podiums4
Team podiums2
Indiv. starts141
Team starts18
Overall titles0 – (10th in 2006)
Discipline titles0

2006 Winter OlympicsEdit

 
With Beckie Scott (left) at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Norwegian coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen gave Sara Renner a ski pole after hers was broken when a competitor stepped on it during the cross-country team sprint at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Norway's athlete ended up fourth, implying that this selfless act of sportsmanship may well have cost the Norwegian team a medal.[1][2] Renner gave Håkensmoen a bottle of wine as a thank you,[3] while other Canadians responded with phone calls and letters to the Norwegian Embassy and sent 7,400 cans of maple syrup to Håkensmoen.[4] The incident was immortalized in a 2010 Winter Olympics television commercial.[5]

RetirementEdit

She announced her retirement in Vancouver following her finish in the Women's 30 km, Mass Start event. She said: "I just left everything out there today," Renner said after carrying her three-year-old daughter, Aria, in her arms through a series of TV interviews. "It was a beautiful race in the pouring rain — quite the way to go out. To hear everyone cheering for me, it was absolutely inspiring."[6]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[7]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 1 medal – (1 silver)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km  15 km  Pursuit   30 km  Sprint  4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1998 21 74 N/A 64 54 N/A 16 N/A
2002 25 N/A 13 17 DNS 9 8 N/A
2006 29 N/A 8 N/A 16 16 10 Silver
2010 33 N/A N/A 10 15 34 7

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1 medal – (1 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  15 km  Pursuit  30 km  Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1997 20 61 N/A 58 54 DNF N/A 14 N/A
2001 24 N/A 37 37 CNX[a] 38 6 N/A
2003 26 N/A 16 17 12 7 N/A
2005 28 N/A N/A 22 Bronze 10
2009 32 N/A 9 N/A 21 DNS 6
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World CupEdit

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Discipline standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
1996 19 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 20 NC N/A NC N/A N/A N/A
1998 21 NC N/A NC N/A N/A N/A
2000 23 NC N/A NC N/A N/A
2001 24 63 N/A N/A N/A 54 N/A N/A
2002 25 47 N/A N/A N/A 30 N/A N/A
2003 26 35 N/A N/A N/A 21 N/A N/A
2004 27 28 33 N/A N/A 23 N/A N/A
2005 28 26 35 N/A N/A 14 N/A N/A
2006 29 10 15 N/A N/A 11 N/A N/A
2008 31 46 36 N/A N/A 43
2009 32 22 18 N/A N/A 45 15 31
2010 33 39 40 N/A N/A 41 16

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 4 podiums – (4 WC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  2005–06  11 December 2005   Vernon, Canada 1.3 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
2 5 February 2006   Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
3 7 March 2006   Borlänge, Sweden 0.75 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
4  2009–10  6 February 2010   Canmore, Canada 1.45 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 2 podiums – (1 RL, 1 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  2000–01  13 January 2001   Soldier Hollow, United States 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Thériault / Scott / Fortier
2  2005–06  18 December 2005   Canmore, Canada 6 × 1.2 km Team Sprint C World Cup 2nd Scott

Personal lifeEdit

Renner grew up at remote Mount Assiniboine Lodge, the oldest backcountry ski lodge in the Canadian Rockies, located southwest of Banff and Canmore, Alberta, just across the British Columbia provincial border. Her parents ran the high-altitude lodge for three decades, and she credits her youth there for her skiing success.[8]

In 2001 Renner posed nude in a calendar called "Nordic Nudes" to help raise money for the Canadian women's Nordic ski team. Teammates Beckie Scott, Milaine Thériault, Jaime Fortier and sister Amanda Fortier also posed nude for the calendar.[6]

Renner is married to retired Italian-Canadian alpine skier Thomas Grandi. Grandi had family support out for himself and his wife during the Turin Olympics.

On September 18, 2006, Renner announced that she was taking the year off to have a baby with husband Thomas Grandi. Renner came back after her baby was born, and lead the women's team to Vancouver 2010.

On February 2, 2007, Renner gave birth to a girl named Aria at a hospital in Banff, Alberta. She and Grandi live in Canmore, Alberta.[9]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Håkensmoen assists Renner.
  2. ^ Jones, Terry (February 15, 2006). "Thank you, Norway!". Canoe.ca. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Wise, Mike (February 26, 2006). "Honorable Move Made in a Snap". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Norwegian coach honoured for sportsmanship". Cross Country Canada Ski. April 21, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Sara Renner VISA Commercial on YouTube
  6. ^ a b "Emotional Renner caps career in final race". CBC.ca. February 27, 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  7. ^ "RENNER Sara". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  8. ^ Brooks DeCillia (August 16, 2012). "Historic backcountry ski lodge gets facelift". CBC News. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  9. ^ FIS Newsflash 143. September 5, 2007.

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