Jingle all the way to Italy and France

Jingle all the way to Italy and France

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After the first weekend of speed events had the men’s speed team fighting through some tough conditions in Val d’Isère, FRA the team will head to the historic race Val Gardena, ITA for a shot at the downhill and the super G. World Cup history in Val Gardena goes back to the 1970s and this venue is known as one of the most beautiful and well-known stops on the tour. Last year's race saw a 17th place finish for Jack Crawford, who will be looking to build on that result this year. Other Canadian competitors will be Broderick Thompson, who returned to World Cup racing last week after more than two years away, Jeff Read, Riley Seger, and Ben Thomsen. 

After an amazing start to the season, the men’s tech group have moved onto the South Tyrol region of Italy for a pair of races in Alta Badia, ITA. This is the 35th edition of this storied race and Trevor Phil and Erik Read look to keep the momentum and results coming. Riley Seger and Simon Fournier will also be pushing out of the gate this weekend as the men conquer both the giant slalom and the slalom courses. Keep an eye out as Team Canada is charging towards the podium. The tech group then heads on to Madonna di Campiglio, ITA for a nighttime slalom affair on Dec. 22. 

After weather forced the cancellation of the first women’s speed series of the season, the Canadian speed women are eager to attack Val d’Isère, FRA for two downhills and a super G. As the race celebrates its 65th birthday Valérie Grenier, who came 24th on this track in 2016, is ready to hit the ground running for the super G with Marie-Michèle Gagnon and Candace Crawford racing in both the downhill and super G.

On the ski cross side, the Canadian Ski Cross Team was back in the start gate this week in Arosa, SUI where Marielle Thompson and reigning Crystal Globe winner Kevin Drury both charged their way to the podium. They have now moved on to Val Thorens, FRA, a course which the team has historically done very well on. Last year Kris Mahler and Kevin Drury both stood on the top step while Courtney Hoffos had her first two career World Cup podiums. It should be a great weekend of racing for the whole team.

Kris and Kevin will lead an eager group of Canadian men including veterans Brady Leman and Chris Del Bosco, Jared Schmidt, Carson Cook, Gavin Rowell, and Zach Belczyk who is coming off an eighth-place personal best finish in Arosa.  With Courtney will be Marielle Thompson, Tiana Gairns, Hannah Schmidt, and Zoe Chore, who is coming off a fifth-place finish earlier this week. 

With the last races on deck before the kick-off of the holiday season, Team Canada is ready to rock. 

How to watch: 

Friday, December 18  
Women’s Downhill – Val d’Isère 
4:30 AM ET / 2:30 AM MT  

Men’s Super G – Val Gardena  
5:45 AM ET / 3:45 AM MT 

Saturday, December 19 

Women’s Downhill – Val d’Isère
6:30 AM / 4:30 AM MT 

Men’s Downhill – Val Gardena  
5:45 AM ET / 3:45 AM MT 

Ski Cross – Val Thorens 
7:00 AM ET / 5:00 AM MT 

Women’s Downhill (Encore) – Val d’Isère
2:00 PM ET / 12:00 AM MT 

Ski Cross (Encore) – Val Thorens 
3:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM MT  

Men’s Downhill Encore) – Val Gardena
4:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM MT 

Sunday, December 20 

Men’s Giant Slalom – Run 1 – Alta Badia
4:00 AM ET / 2:00 AM ET 

Ski Cross – Val Thorens
6:00 AM ET / 4:00 AM MT  

Men’s Giant Slalom – Run 2 – Alta Badia
7:30 AM ET / 5:30 AM MT

Ski Cross (Encore) – Val Thorens 
1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT  

Full TV Schedule here

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