Experienced team named to Team Canada roster for the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Calgary, Alta. (February 3, 2021) – Alpine Canada is excited to announce a group of experienced athletes who will represent Canada at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, ITA Feb. 8 – 21, 2021.  The Canadian Alpine Ski Team will be represented by seven women and six men who will compete with athletes from around the world in the downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, alpine combined, parallel slalom and the team event.

The Canadian contingent will include veterans Marie-Michèle Gagnon, coming off a third-place finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER at the end of January, will compete in her seventh World Championships and Erin Mielzynski, who will be racing in her sixth World Champs. On the men’s side, Trevor Philp will be participating in his fifth Worlds. 

The Canadian Alpine Ski Team heads into the event with Laurence St-Germain ranked in the top 10 and Erin Mielzynski in the top 15 in the women’s slalom standings, while Erik Read is currently ranked 16th in the giant slalom.

Making their World Championship debut will be team veteran Broderick Thompson who is returning from two years of rehabilitation after a serious injury, and 19 years old Cassidy Gray. Cassidy is a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST) NextGen Program that recognizes high performance development and potential as an alpine ski racer. Hailing from Team Panorama and developing through the sport system with the Alberta Ski Team, Cassidy qualified for the World Ski Championships when she finished 26th in the World Cup Giant Slalom at Kranjska Gora, SLO in January. 

James Crawford will lead a new wave of Canadian skiers with a recent 6th place finish in Kitzbühel while others including Brodie Seger, Jeff Read, Ali Nullmeyer and Amelia Smart look to peak at just the right time.

“We are excited for the opportunity to be fielding a strong Team Canada with the athletes who have achieved selection results. Our athletes have overcome enormous challenges this season, yet we have seen this group reach top five to top 30 World Cup performances.” – Phil McNichol High Performance Director, Alpine

The full list of competing athletes for Canada includes:

Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON/Georgian Peaks Ski Club) 
Amelia Smart (Invermere, B.C./Team Panorama Ski Club)
Broderick Thompson (Whistler, B.C./Whistler Mountain Ski Club) 
Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, B.C./Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Cassidy Gray (Panorama, B.C./Team Panorama Ski Club) 
Erik Read (Canmore, AB/Banff Alpine Racers)
Erin Mielzynski (Thornbury, ON/Georgian Peaks Ski Club)
James Crawford (Toronto, ON/Georgian Peaks Ski Club & Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Jeffrey Read (Canmore, AB/Banff Alpine Racers)
Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC/Club de ski Mont Ste-Anne)
Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC/Club de ski Mont Orignal)
Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB/Banff Alpine Racers)
Valérie Grenier (Mont-Tremblant, QC/Club de ski Mont-Tremblant)
Manuel Gamper (Women’s Head Coach, Alpine) 
Mark Tilston (Men’s Head Coach, Alpine) 
Phil McNichol (High-Performance Director, Alpine) 

The team steps into the spotlight with experience and results. At the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre, SWE Laurence St-Germain, finished in 6th place in the slalom while Trevor Philp finished in 18th place in the giant slalom. 

Canada has won 28 Alpine World Championship medals since 1931, the last of which were at the World Championship in 2017 when Erik Guay brought home a gold and silver while teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis brought home a bronze. 

The athletes qualified for the team by meeting team selection criteria that can be found here.  

The team will be missing Cam Alexander, who had his first career top-10 finish during the downhill last year in Kvitfjell, NOR. Cam continues to recover from a leg injury sustained in December in Val d’Isere, FRA. 

The 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be streamed live on CBC Sports beginning Tuesday, February 9 with the women’s super G. See the whole TV schedule here

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For more information or media inquiries please contact
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications 
whunter@alpinecanada.org I 403-471-6032

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