We may be heading into the holidays but that doesn’t mean World Cup ski racing takes a break. While you are enjoying the holiday season in new and different ways this year, Team Canada is racing for the podium in World Cups across Europe.
After a few weeks back in Canada the women’s tech team is ready to hit the ground running in Semmering, AUT. The giant slalom and slalom races will happen right after Christmas on December 28 and 29 and the Canadian Ski Team has historically performed well on this course. In 2018 Laurence St-Germain finished in 10th while Erin Mielzynski finished in 11th. With a host of top 15 finishes for both Laurence and Erin this season, they look to lead the team to the top before the year ends. Erin and Laurence will be joined in the slalom by Ali Nullmeyer, Amelia Smart, and in her first World Cup, Justine Clement.
In the giant slalom Valérie Grenier will lead Ali Nullmeyer, Mikaela Tommy, and Candace Crawford onto a course she finished 25th on in 2018.
With two weekends of races in the books, the men’s speed team is ready to challenge the course in Bormio, ITA. This venue has proven to be friendly to Canadians in the past with Manuel Osborne-Paradis finishing the downhill in 10th in 2017 and Ben Thomsen finishing in 12th last year. Jeff Read looks to lead the Canadian contingent and stay in the points after a career-best top-30 finish in Val d’Isère in mid-December. Jeff and Ben will be joined in the downhill by Jack Crawford and Broderick Thompson. Broderick, Jeff, and Jack look to carry momentum from the downhill into the super-G the following day.
Once we all ring in 2021 the Canadian tech teams head to Zagreb, CRO for some slalom action. Last year Laurence kicked off 2020 with an 11th place finish on this course while Amelia Smart had a career-best 17thplace finish. Amelia and Laurence will be joined by Erin Mielzynski, Ali Nullmeyer, and Justine Clement in the start gate. A couple of days later it’s the men’s turn. Erik Read, who finished 13th on this course in 2017 will be joined by Simon Fournier.
The team is aiming to keep the momentum they’ve built in the first part of the race season as we all look ahead to a bright new year in 2021.
Where to watch
January 6, 2021
Men’s Slalom – Run 1 - Zagreb
6:15 AM ET / 4:15 AM MT
Men’s Slalom – Run 2 – Zagreb
9:30 AM ET / 7:30 AM MT
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