PERSONAL BESTS & FIRST WORLD CUP STARTS

PERSONAL BESTS & FIRST WORLD CUP STARTS

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Calgary, Alta. (December 2, 2017) – After two days of a three-day race weekend, Canadians have had four top-30 results, tied personal-best finishes, had first World Cup starts and battled powered outages. It’s been an eventful two days of speed racing at Beaver Creek, USA and at Lake Louise, CAN.

South of the boarder, the men have raced a super-G and downhill. In yesterday’s super-G, Dustin Cook (Lac St-Marie, Que.) was the fastest Canadian, finishing in 20th-place. Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, B.C.) finished in 30th-place after a mistake cost him.

It was Jack Crawford (Toronto, Ont./ Whistler, B.C.) who had the most exciting result of the day, achieving a personal-best 32nd-place World Cup finish. The 20-year-old missed a top-30 result by just +0.05. It’s an impressive result starting with bib 63, battling a chewed-up track. Crawford had his first World Cup start last weekend at Lake Louise and took on the Birds of Prey Beaver Creek track for the first time in his career.

“My run was really good,” said Crawford. “I’m happy to show I can be in there with those guys and getting ready for the next one!”

In the Saturday downhill, Broderick Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) started bib 37 and put down an incredible run, having a green light split, and skiing the track beautifully, to tie his personal-best 23rd-place downhill finish. Thompson has secured two top-30 finishes in back-to-back downhill races so far this year. The 23-year-old who has been training with the men’s speed team for a couple years has met the selection requirements to qualify him for the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

“I was just happy to make the progression from the first training run to the second training run and cutting down how far out I was in half,” said Thompson of his run. “I was really focused on the skiing. I was working the terrain as well as I could and pushed it all the way to the bottom.”

Osborne-Paradis had a great day capturing a top-15 finish, just +1.27 seconds off the winning time in a tough field of competition.

“The skiing was better than the result today,” said Osborne-Paradis. “A stupid mistake on the flats really cost me and I should know better. I’ll learn from it and move on. I always seem to race better on European snow so I’m looking forward to heading over there. The crowds are big and the crowds excited so it gets me jazzed.”

Over on home snow at Lake Louise, Roni Remme (Collingwood, Ont.) was having her first World Cup weekend. Remme secured the fastest-Canadian title in the second downhill on Saturday. She put down some great split times and showed really promising skiing. At just 21-years-old, this rising star will be one to watch this season.

Valérie Grenier, one of Canada’s best all-around skiers, finished 32nd yesterday, just a few hundredths shy of a top-30 result. In Saturday’s downhill, the terrain got the better of her and she missed a gate, resulting in a DNF.

Saturday’s Lake Louise downhill was postponed due to power outages at the resort. A resourceful and herculean volunteer crew managed to pull off the race with creative tweaks. The teams were pulled up via cats to the start for inspection and the race.

Sunday brings one more day of weekend racing to North America. The men’s tech team takes over Beaver Creek for a giant slalom race and the ladies’ stick with speed at Lake Louise putting down a super-G race.

Canadian Super-G Beaver Creek Results

20 – Dustin Cook

30 – Manuel Osborne-Paradis

32 – Jack Crawford

51 – Brodie Seger

DNF – Broderick Thompson

Canadian Downhill Beaver Creek Results

15 – Manuel Osborne-Paradis

23 – Broderick Thompson

44 – Benjamin Thomsen

53 – James Crawford

66 – Tyler Werry

Canadian Lake Louise Downhill #1

32 – Valérie Grenier

43 – Stefanie Fleckenstein

46 – Roni Remme

49 – Mikaela Tommy

Canadian Lake Louise Downhill #2

42 – Roni Remme

46 – Stefanie Fleckenstein

47 – Mikaela Tommy

DNF – Valérie Grenier

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