Remme Brings the Heat while Seger Throws Down in Front of Hometown Crowd: Weekend Recap
Roni Remme brought her a-game to Killington on Sunday with a 7th place finish in the slalom while Brodie Seger got the Canadian fans going with a huge run in the Super-G to finish in 16th spot. Roni Remme of Collingwood, ON and Brodie Seger of North Vancouver, BC led the Canadian Ski Team to kick off the North American leg of the FIS World Cup Tour.
Audi FIS World Cup from Killington Vermont
The World Cup giant slalom season made its’ way to Killington, VT on Saturday. It was a chilly morning as our Canadian women competed under bright blue skies and in front of a rowdy crowd. Our Canadian women raced hard and look forward to the tour heading home to Lake Louise next week.
The race was something of a homecoming for Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec.
“It’s starting to become a ritual; I know when we come to Killington, I’ll get to see my family and friends and feel like I’m at home.”
Gagnon, who finished 29th, was satisfied with her run but sees room to improve before speed events begin next week in Lake Louise.
“I had very good sections but I’m not happy with how I’m taking the pitches, I need to improve in that area.”
Marie- Michèle Gagnon – 29th and Erin Mielzynski – 52nd. Candace Crawford did not finish the first run after missing a gate.
Marta Bassino (ITA) – 1st, Federica Brignone (ITA) – 2nd, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – 3rd
On Sunday things heated up with the women’s slalom event in front of an even louder crowd.
Roni Remme of Collingwood, ON posted one of her best results ever with a 7th place finish.
“Today I felt good, I put down some good skiing. And being able to see where I’m lining up (against the competition) and knowing there is more there.”
Even with warmer conditions, the course was icy and unpredictable.
“I barely made it down second run, it was a fight. The snow has been changing, each gate might be a little bit different, so you really had to stay ahead of it, look ahead and be on your toes.
Laurence St-Germain laid down a good first run but missed a gate and was unable to finish her second run. Veteran Erin Mielzynski missed a gate in the first run ending her chances for a spot in the second run. Amelia Smart and Ali Nillmeyer, did not qualify for the second run.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – 1st, Petra Vlhova (SVK) – 2nd, Anna Swenn Larsson (SWE) – 3rd
Lake Louise Audi FIS World Cup
Men’s speed events officially kicked off this weekend on Canadian soil with a downhill race at the Lake Louise Audi FIS World Cup. Conditions were clear, sunny and crisp for the men’s downhill this afternoon.
The race was particularly special for North Vancouver’s Cam Alexander who competed in his first World Cup race ever and finished 48th.
“It was exciting, I was a little nervous. I tried to charge the whole way down. I got a little loose at a few spots, but it was fun. It was a special moment for my parents and I, they were so excited to be here.”
Ben Thomsen finished 30th, Jeff Read and Brodie Seger tied at 46th, Cam Alexander - 48th and Jack Crawford - 57th. Sam Mulligan did not finish the race.
Thomas Dressen (GER) – 1st, Dominik Paris (ITA) – 2nd, Carlo Janka & Beat Feuz (SUI) – 3rd
On Sunday the men were back on snow for the Audi FIS Lake Louise World Cup super-G. Brodie Seger of North Vancouver, BC started in 57th spot and was able to put together the best Canadian run of the day, tying his World Cup personal best finishing in 16th position.
“My mindset was to go out there and push and do what I can do. It’s such a confidence boost going forward. This was exactly my goal this season. I know I’ve been skiing well in training but to finally make it happen feels so good.”
Seger was especially happy to perform so well in front of fans, friends and family, who were appropriately celebratory when Seger crossed the finish line.
“It was amazing, that was the first thing I heard before I even saw the results. When I saw my place, I was just over the moon.”
Brodie Seger finished 16th, Jack Crawford – 39th, Ben Thomsen – 48th, Jeff Read – 49th and Dustin Cook – 50th. Sam Mulligan did not finish.
Matthias Mayer (AUT) – 1st, Dominik Paris (ITA) – 2nd, Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) & Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – 3rd
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