March 4, 2022 (Kvitfjell, NOR) -- In only his third start of the World Cup season after sitting out several races rehabilitating an injury, Cam Alexander (North Vancouver, B.C.) silenced any doubts, landing on the podium in a tie for first place with Niels Hintermann (SUI). Both men laid down a blistering time of 1:44.42 with Matthias Mayer (AUT) rounding out the top three in bronze only 0.12 off the pace.
Located 45 minutes outside of Lillehammer, Kvitfjell usually holds good luck for Canadians; former Canadian Cowboy and alpine racing legend Erik Guay won the downhill in 2014, and Alexander himself placed 10th for his previous personal best in 2020 in his debut World Cup season. This race marks Alexander’s first podium in only his 14th World Cup start, after kicking out for the first time on home soil in Lake Louise in 2019.
"I know I can ski fast here; I know I have speed... all I had to do was just let go and try to give it my best,” says Alexander of his win today. “That’s what I did and what do you know! I'm on top of the podium. It's surprising but at the same time this is what I do the sport for — it feels really good."
"Racing here after winning in the Europa Cup gave Cam a big boost of confidence,” says head coach Mark Tilston. “He crashed in Lake Louise [this season] and that dropped his confidence, which was compounded with coming back from injury. He worked so diligently through his rehab. These guys, this team, they all work so hard and stay focused on what they are trying to achieve.”
The men’s speed team has collectively celebrated a breakout season this year, with Broderick Thompson kicking things off with a podium finish in Beaver Creek in December, followed by Jack Crawford’s Olympic bronze in the alpine combined, and now Alexander’s win in Norway.
“Hard work has clearly paid off,” Tilston says of Alexander. “It’s a real kudos to the whole team, watching them come through the development system. [Coaches] John [Kucera] and Chris [Powers] have helped steer them to where they are, bringing in some other key staff to support the team has helped bring it all together.”
The men’s speed team race Kvitfjell tomorrow in the super-G before moving on to the final stop in this year’s World Cup season March 16-20 in Couchevel/Meribel, FRA.
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