Val Gardena, ITA (December 17, 2021) - The long boards were hot this afternoon in Italy as the Canadian men’s speed team grabbed some valuable points with James Crawford leading the pack with a Top 10 finish in 8th place.
“The skiing is in a good place,” says James. “I’m happy with a Top 10 finish and that will give me confidence moving forward this season.”
And finishing less than a second off the leader in this demanding course would boost anyone’s confidence. The Saslong slope is one of the more well-known of the world cup circuit, with races dating back to the 1970s, its famous and feared “camel hump” and speeds of over 100km/h.
Teammate Brodie Seger also laid down a great run, finishing 13th overall for his best World Cup result in super-G and fueling his fire for more after a 4th place finish at the World Championships in 2021.
“Today felt like a step in the right direction,” says Brodie. “I’m happy to come away with my first top 15 finish in World Cup super-G and still feel like I have more in the tank. Time to build off that.”
One more Canadian finished in the Top 30, accumulating those valuable World Cup points: Jeff Read.
“Really happy with the skiing today,” he says. “Two little but costly mistakes coming into the camel humps and ciaslat, but all in all I’m happy with the day and it’s good to be back in the points.”
The team will compete in the downhill race December 18 before speeding through Bormio to finish the calendar year strong December 28-30.
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