Calgary, AB, (February 19, 2021) – Coming off two 5th place finishes at the World Championships, Courtney Hoffos and Reece Howden were hungry for more! Today in Reiteralm, AUT they got what they set out for, with two podium finishes for the young Canadians. Reece Howden (Cultus Lake, BC), the current overall leader on the men’s tour, finished in 2nd in a tight men’s big final while Courtney Hoffos (Windermere, BC), whose last podium came in in Montafon, AUT in December 2019, finished in 3rd.
“It was super fun to have the opportunity to race on a different track. We’ve spent a lot of time in Idre Fjäll, SWE so it was a confidence boost to know that I can be fast on another course,” Reece said after his fifth podium of the season. “I had a little bit of a mistake out of the start, but this course is just mayhem, super-fast and you have to send it the whole time.”
Reiteralm is a first-time World Cup host and has grown in popularity the last few years as a training facility known for a variety of lines and challenging elements. The course is fast with a very technical start and some big banks that make strategy important. The Canadians put their technical skill to the test today, to bring home the hardware.
“It was a fun course, definitely different. Very fast with a lot of contact in some areas,” said Courtney after her podium finish. “I had a fire in my belly and was hungry for a big final. Hopefully, I’ll be back on the again podium soon.”
The team will now head to Bakuriani, GEO for races next weekend. Along with the traditional ski cross race, Bakuriani will see the first-ever Ski Cross Mixed Team World Cup event.
Catch all the action beginning on cbcsports.ca at 2:30 AM ET / 12:30 AM MT on February 27.
Men’s Ski Cross
2nd – Reece Howden
37th – Brady Leman
38th – Kris Mahler
40th – Jared Schmidt
45th – Carson Cook
47th - Chris Del Bosco
Women’s Ski Cross
3rd – Courtney Hoffos
9th – Marielle Thompson
12th – Zoe Chore
24th – Tiana Gairns
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