Kvitfjell, NOR (March 5, 2022) – Canada’s men’s speed team built on Friday’s historic win by Cam Alexander, putting four skiers in the top 17 in Saturday’s consecutive World Cup downhill race. Jeffrey Read from Canmore, AB, led the maple leaf pack with a career best 7th place result.
Kicking out of the start gate wearing bib 42, Read attacked from the back, skiing a clean run from top to bottom, and crossing the finish line 1.39 off Italy’s Dominik Paris’ winning time of 1:43.92.
“I’m stoked with the result today after a tough year on the world cup circuit. The track was one that I had some experience on from Europa Cup, so I knew what I had to do. After a tough go of the training days, I was able to put on together and happy to be in the top 10,” says Read whose best World Cup downhill result up until today was 23rd at Saalbach-Hinterglemm, AUT, achieved almost exactly a year ago.
James Crawford from Toronto, ON, was the 20th skier out of the start hut. Poised to improve on his 13th place result from yesterday’s race, Crawford skied into 15th place, 1.84 off the mark.
Cam Alexander from North Vancouver, B.C. who made heads turn yesterday with his first World Cup podium and win, was hoping to repeat. Skiing a clean but slightly less aggressive run than on Friday, he settled for 16th, 1.89 off the pace. Alexander, who has made an impressive comeback from being sidelined last season due to a season-ending injury sustained in 2020, missed qualifying for the 2022 Olympics.
Wearing bib 45, Brodie Seger from North Vancouver, B.C. followed in Read’s fast tracks, skiing a stellar run and moving up to 17th place with a 1.95 deficit from Paris.
Local favourite Aamodt Aleksander Kilde from Norway came in second with a time of 1:44.47. Switzerland’s Beat Feuz and Niels Hintermann tied for third with a time of 1:44.73. Canada was the only nation to place four athletes in the top 17.
Today’s race was the 10th and final World Cup downhill of the season prior to the World Cup finals to be held from March 14-20 in Courchevel/Meribel, France. Only the top 20 ranked racers in each discipline will be invited to compete at that event.
Tomorrow, the men will complete their World Cup Norwegian stop with a Super G. Trevor Philp from Calgary, AB will be added to Canada’s roster for that race.
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