Calgary, AB, (January 25, 2021) – After a trying weekend of delays and postponements on the classic Kitzbühel downhill track, the Canadian Ski Team men sought redemption at the Streif super G today. Jack Crawford (Toronto, ON) led a strong Canadian performance in the postponed super G from Kitzbühel, AUT this morning when he charged down one of the steepest and fastest courses of the tour. Jack’s 6th place finish, a career-best, gave Jeff Read (Canmore, AB) and Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, BC) the confidence to attack the course and that they did, with Jeff racing to a personal best 18thplace, and Brodie finishing 21st.
“Today was simple I executed my plan and tried to have no expectations,” Jack said from the finish area of the historic race. “This is the first time all the boys have been in the top 30 together and it has to be the best day for us as a team.”
After the downhill one might look at the super-G and think the athletes can let their guards down, but from top to bottom the course challenges skiers with steepness, gradient, and speed. Watching Jack and Brodie ski before him proved to be crucial for Jeff’s career-best success on the course.
“I was really happy with how I skied today. I focused on being solid and skiing how I know I could,” Jeff said. “I was curious how Jack was going to run the first two crucial left footers, so I actually watched his run on TV. I was really inspired by how solid he looked and tried to ski with similar tactics.”
Back in the start gate after a crash before the holidays, Brodie didn’t hold back.
“For me today was all about bringing an aggressive attitude and race mentality after being out of the game for a while,” Brodie said. “I’m happy with the way I attacked despite a few mistakes, but most of all I’m stoked about our performance as a team. It’s about time we all punched into the points!”
The team is hitting their stride at just the right time. The next stop on the World Cup tour for the men’s speed team is in Garmisch Partenkirchen, GER, the last stop before the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, ITA.
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