AUDI FIS ALPINE SKI WORLD CUP IN LEVI, FINLAND WEEKEND PREVIEW

AUDI FIS ALPINE SKI WORLD CUP IN LEVI, FINLAND WEEKEND PREVIEW

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Calgary, Alta. (November 15, 2018) – The Canadian technical men and women’s teams are in Finland for the Levi World Cup slalom races being held this weekend.

Erin Mielzynski from Collingwood, Ontario is set to start her season in Levi. As a slalom specialist and team veteran, Mielzynski is ready to improve on her current 15thplace on the World Cup overall ranking after a solid 11thplace finish at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games in February 2018. Joining Mielzynski are fellow Collingwood native, 22-year-old Roni Remme who is looking to capitalize on experience gained in her first Olympic Games in PyeongChang and several starts on the World Cup circuit last winter. Also looking to improve on recent results is 24-year-old Quebecer Laurence St-Germain who is 33rdin the overall World Cup slalom ranking, was 15that the PyeongChang Olympics and 17that last year’s Levi Audi FIS World Cup.

Rounding out the women’s team at Levi is newcomer Amelia Smart from Invermere, BC, who has been posting great results on the Nor-Am and University level circuits. At only 20 years old, Smart has already started to capture notice with only a couple of World Cup starts so far. The potential is real.

The men’s team headed to Levi is anxious to officially start their season after the cancellation of the first giant slalom of the year at Sölden, Austria a few weeks ago. Calgary’s Erik Read finished in 11thplace at the PyeongChang Olympics; just one of his many solid results over the last few years. Fellow Calgarian Trevor Philp is headed to Finland after capping off last season with a fourth consecutive Canadian Championship title in Giant Slalom.

Fellow team member Phil Brown attended his second Olympic Games in Korea with a 22ndplace finish in the slalom and a season’s best result at the Wengen, Switzerland slalom World Cup. The final athlete is 21-year-old rookie Simon Fournier, from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec who is participating in his very first World Cup race. “I am thrilled to take part in my very first World Cup start with my teammates with whom I travel and learn so much. I am also happy to start the season with a slalom event. I am a little nervous, but I try to not put too much pressure on myself and really enjoy the moment,” says Fournier.

Where: Levi, Finland

When: Saturday, November 17 –slalom ladies

1strun : 4:15 am ET – (11:15 am European Eastern Time - EET)
2ndrun : 7:15 am ET – (14:15 pm EET)

Sunday, November 18 – slalom men

1strun : 4:15 am ET – (11:15 am EET)
2ndrun : 7:15 am ET – (2:15 pm EET)

Where to watch: 

www.cbcsports.ca live stream broadcast for both runs Saturday November 17, 2018  - all times in ET

4:15 AM ET Alpine Skiing World Cup: Women’s Slalom Run #1 – Levi

7:15 AM ET Alpine Skiing World Cup: Women’s Slalom Run #2 – Levi

CBC-TV - Road to the Olympic Game from 5:00PM-6:00PM ET

ATHLETE ENTRIES

LADIES

MEN

Amelia Smart, Invermere (BC)

Erik Read, Calgary (AB)

Erin Mielzynski, Collingwood (ON)

Phil Brown, Toronto (ON)

Laurence St-Germain, St-Ferréol-les-Neiges (QC)

Simon Fournier, Mont-Tremblant (QC)

Roni Remme, Collingwood (ON)

Trevor Philp, Calgary (AB)

“We had good summer preparation without major distractions. The team is grooving as a whole and the athletes are pushing each other to get faster. We are optimistic before the first race and definitely have some butterflies in our stomachs.  The plan is to have a full attack and if the guys ski their best we will have a reason to celebrate. We will see how we respond to the weather and snow conditions. The weather is unseasonably warm and we are expecting very rough conditions. I’m looking forward to the race and I trust all the hard work the athletes and staff put into the prep season will pay off.” – Dusan Grasic, Men’s World Cup Technical Team Head Coach

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