Yanqing Alpine Venue, China (February 8, 2022) – Canada had a full roster of four men competing on the brand new 2.2 km Rock course in today’s ninth ever Olympic super G event. All charged for the podium and skied on the edge which paid off for Jack Crawford (Toronto, ON) and Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB) who both raced into the top 10.
As the 16th racer out of the start hut, Jack Crawford skied the top section with an aggressive line but struggled to keep his speed in the more technical mid-section where he got low on a series of angled, left footed turns. The 24-year-old crossed the finish line with a time of 1:20.79, into 6th place.
“The course was awesome with a bit higher tempo than the courses we’ve seen on the World Cup leading to the Games,” tells Crawford still fresh off his historic 4th place result in Monday’s Olympic downhill. “You really had to adapt and put it all on the line but I just took too many risks,” adds the two-time Olympian whose career best World Cup super G result is a 5th place achieved just a few weeks ago in Wengen, SUI.
Trevor Philp was the second Canadian to ski down the course wearing bib 25. The giant slalom specialist quickly found his rhythm before losing grip of his left pole at the top of the course. The ten-year team veteran didn’t give up and kept on fighting, looking to maintain his speed and capitalize on his giant slalom skills to handle the tighter turns in the bowl. He stopped the clock at 1:21.34, putting him in 10th place.
“It felt good and a little messy,” tells Philp. “I was inspired by Jack who charged so hard and made mistakes and wasn’t losing much time, so I knew that was the mentality I had to have.”
“There were a few turns that you had to nail today, and its such a fine line between risk and reward,” adds Philip who is in his third Olympics and still has more Olympics events to compete in including the Alpine Combined, the giant slalom and the team event.
Teammate Broderick Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) left the start with bib 26. He headed into the first jump with a direct line, got lots of air and didn’t have enough direction to make the following gate. He skied out.
“It’s been great to be here, represent Canada,” shares Thompson in spite of the disappointment. “It’s been challenging in the races. You have to go for it, sometimes you are on the right side and sometimes you’re not. Every day you just have to push the limit,” adds the skier who will compete in the Alpine Combined.
First time Olympian Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, B.C.) was the 29th racer down the course. He charged the first gates but ended up making the same mistake as Thompson, skiing too straight towards the primary left footed jump and unable to stay in the course.
“My Olympic experience has been very eye opening,” admits Seger. “Meeting other athletes from other sports has been great. It’s a nice change of pace to step out of the World Cup bubble and gain a perspective of the big picture of the Olympics as a whole,” shares the skier who will also be sticking around to compete in the Alpine Combined to gain extra downhill points even though he hasn’t been on slalom skis in two seasons.
The ninth Olympic men’s super G race was won by Austria’s Matthias Mayer with a time of 1:19.94. He narrowly edged USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle who was 0.04 behind. Norway’s Aamodt Aleksander Kilde rounded out the podium 0.42 off the pace.
Austria, Norway, Germany, and Canada were the only nations to put two racers in the top 10.
Tomorrow, the women will be in action at the Yanqing Alpine Venue for the Olympic slalom. Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, ON), Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON), Amelia Smart (Invermere, B.C..), and Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QUE.) will be representing the maple leaf.
The next men’s alpine event at the 2022 Olympics is the Alpine Combined held on February 10. Canada will be represented by Jack Crawford, Broderick Thompson, Brodie Seger and Trevor Philp.
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