Calgary, Alta. (Dec.22, 2018) – Canada’s Erin Mielzynski, 28, skied to an eighth-place finish in World Cup slalom Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Courchevel, France, earning her 18th career top-10 on the World Cup circuit.
“Today was a very interesting day; it rained all day yesterday so we were a little nervous when we woke up, but it wasn’t raining this morning. (Organizers) prepared the hill really well,” said Mielzynski (Collingwood, Ont./Georgian Peaks Ski Club). “I’m happy with my result, I’m happy with eighth. In my first run, I skied the top section quite well, I was a little bit passive coming out of the pitched so I lost a little bit of time there. I’m disappointed that I moved back on the second run, but I’m happy with the way my skiing is going and I’m ready to find a higher gear for the next races.”- said Mielzynski.
All four Canadian racers were in the top-30 after the first run, qualifying to race in the second run. While Mielzynski was the day’s top Canuck, strong skiing came from teammates Roni Remme (Collingwood, Ont./Alpine Ski Club) to earn her second top-20 of the season, landing in 17th, Laurence St-German (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que./Club de ski Mont Sainte-Anne) who finished 19th, and 20-year-old Amelia Smart (Invermere, B.C./Panorama Ski Club), who earned her first World Cup slalom points.
In men’s slalom in Italy’s Madonna di Campiglio, Trevor Philp (Calgary/Banff Alpine Racers) was the top Canadian, finishing 12th in a night slalom run under the lights - a new personal-best for Philp, whose best World Cup slalom results to-date are two 14th-place finishes. Only 1.37 seconds behind the winner of the race, Switzerland’s Daniel Yule, Philp laid down two solid runs to compete with the best after pushing out of the start gate wearing bib number 52. Erik Read (Calgary/Banff Alpine Racers) was able to use his second run to jump ahead three spots, finishing 17th. Phil Brown (Toronto/Craigleith Ski Club) landed just outside the qualifying time at 34th after the first run, while Simon Fournier (Montreal/Club de ski Mont-Tremblant) DNF’d.
“I’m thrilled with today with a new personal best for me in slalom, it’s a great day. I was able to just sneak into the second run, got in the right side of the hundreds (seconds) and then took advantage of that second run. The course was amazing, the light was amazing and in the end I knew I just had to charge. I had a great run with little mistakes and in between was fast skiing. I was able to move up 18 positions to finish 12th, that’s a great day for me. I’m happy to take a little holiday break and then get back at it!” – Trevor Philp
World Cup action resumes on Dec. 28 with a men’s downhill in Bormio, Italy, and women’s giant slalom in Semmering, Austria.
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