Calgary, Alta. (January 28, 2018) – Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, Ont.) continues to lead the Canadian women’s tech team and shine in slalom. In today’s race in Lenzerheide, SUI, Mielzynski captured her second top-ten of the season, finishing in eighth-place.
Mielzynski was sitting in ninth-place after the first run. She put down an aggressive second run and despite a few baubles that set her back, she made up time in some sections, netting out in an eighth-place finish. Mielzynski adds this to her season-best seventh-place finish, along with two other top-15 finishes. She heads into the Olympics ranked 20th-place overall in slalom on the FIS World Cup circuit.
“I’m happy with today and I’m happy with the last four races,” said Mielynski. “It feels good to consistently be in the top 15. That gives me a lot of confidence heading into PyeongChang. The first run was solid and the second run I went out there fighting but I made a few mistakes. I’m proud I didn’t back off after those mistakes and I fought the whole way down, right to the finish line.”
Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova took first-pace in a time of 1:50.53 with Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter in second-place. Wendy Holdener made Swiss fans proud, finishing in third-place.
The men’s tech team was also racing today over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER. Erik Read (Calgary, Alta.) was the lone Canadian to earn a second run, sitting in 18th-place after the first run. In the top portion of the second run, Read hooked a gate with his arm, ripping off his pole and his goggles, leaving him struggling down the rest of the track. Finishing the race, down a pole and with his goggles around his neck, Read managed to hold on and finish in 29th-place.
It’s one and two for Austria with Marcel Hirscher taking the win and Manuel Feller finishing in second-place. Ted Ligety, U.S.A., is back rounding out the podium in third-place.
With just 11 days to go before the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, this weekend marks the last races for Alpine Canada athletes who are headed back to home for some training, rest and to recharge.
Canadian Ladies’ Results
8 – Erin Mielzynski
DNF 1 – Laurence St-Germain
Canadian Men’s Results
29 - Erik Read
DNQ – Trevor Philp
DNQ – Phil Brown
DNQ – Dustin Cook
DNQ – Jack Crawford
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