Jack Crawford shows he has more than speed with a 4th place finish in the alpine combined
Calgary, AB, (February 15, 2021) – Jack Crawford (Toronto, ON) led a strong day for Canada at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo with a fourth-place finish in the alpine combined. The unique race combines a super-G run followed by a slalom run, straddling the tech and speed specialties. Jack, who started with bib 32 and who has never competed in a World Cup slalom, led after the super-G portion and laid down a strong slalom run for the best World Championship finish of his career.
Jack’s result led three Canadians into the top-11, showing what depth and strength the team has. This young team has been diligently putting in time to continue to perform and improve across disciplines.
“All the guys had a good super-G today. It was a great redemption after the downhill, which was not where we needed it to be. They came back charging today. Jack’s slalom was really impressive, and he skied a phenomenal super-G,” said Alpine High-Performance Director Phil McNichol.
Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB) sat in 11th after the super-G portion of the race to finish in 10th, his best individual result at the World Championships ever.
Speed specialist Broderick Thompson (Whistler, BC), who hasn’t raced in a World Cup alpine combined in over three years and in his first World Championships ever, laid down two solid runs to finish in 11th. His best result since returning after two years away from the World Cup due to injury.
Jeff Read (Canmore, AB) was 15th after the first run but had a bobble on the slalom course, he hiked back up the track to save his run, finishing in 22nd.
Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC) and Valérie Grenier (Mont-Tremblant, QC) were in the start gate for the women’s alpine combined. Both had impressive super-G runs sitting in 11th and 13th but did not finish the slalom portion of the race.
Tomorrow the tech experts will take center stage with the men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom. Catch the finals on cbcsports.ca beginning at 8 AM ET / 6 AM MT.
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