Canada’s Alpine Ski Team Races to Best Ever World Ski Championships

Canada’s Alpine Ski Team Races to Best Ever World Ski Championships

Photo Caption Photo: GEPA; Athletes: Laurence St-Germain, James Crawford

Calgary, Alta. (February 21, 2023) — The 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel/ Méribel, France, have been the most successful world championships in Canadian ski racing history. With two gold medals, four podiums and seven athletes leaving with world championships medals, Canada’s athletes delivered memorable performances from the men, the women and in the team event. These are the first World Championship medals for each of the seven Canadians. 

“I’m so proud of this team,” said Therese Brisson, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “The athletes’ performances were inspiring and the teams hard work, including that of the coaches and staff, is the foundation that built these incredible results. These medals were well earned from years of dedication by the athletes, and the ongoing support of their families and Canada’s ski community.”

“It’s exciting to think of the 500 million people watching the world championships around the world applauding Canada’s team,” added Brisson. “We need to continue working as an organization and as a nation to build on this momentum. I hope all Canadians join us in celebrating these remarkable accomplishments and that they continue to support these amazing athletes.”

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2023 World Championships:

Medals: 4

Previous best: 3 (2017 St Moritz (SUI), 1968 Grenoble (FRA), 1958 Bad Gastein (AUT) 

Gold x 2 

James (Jack) Crawford (Toronto, ON), men’s super-G

  • Last Canadian man to win a world championship super-G: Erik Guay (2017)

Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC), women’s slalom

  • Last Canadian women to win a world championship in slalom: Anne Heggveit (1960)

Bronze x 2

Cameron Alexander (North Vancouver, BC), men’s downhill

  • Last Canadian man to medal in world championships downhill: Erik Guay (2017)

Team Parallel: 

Britt Richardson (Canmore, AB)
Erik Read (Canmore, AB)
Jeffrey Read (Canmore, AB)
Valérie Grenier (St-Isidore, ON)

  • Canada’s last team parallel was silver in 2015

Overall: According to the FIS rankings, link here, which weights gold medals higher than silver or bronze, Canada finished these world championships in 5th place, behind winners Switzerland and ahead of notable ski nation Austria and host France.  In total medal count, Canada finished tied for 4th with Italy and the USA behind Norway, Switzerland, and Austria.

The next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are in 2025 and will be held in Saalbach, Austria.

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Upcoming races:

2023 FIS Ski Cross World Championships are in Bakuriani, Georgia on February 24 and 25

Women speed are in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Feb 25 and 26

Men tech are in Palisades Tahoe, USA Feb 25 and 26

Para-alpine race in Kitzbühel, Austria, Feb 27 and 28


For more information or media inquiries please contact: 

Mark Halliday
Alpine Canada
403 777 3204

About Alpine Canada 

Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine, and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance, and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration, and growth in the ski community.


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