Calgary, Alta. (March 11, 2018) – Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, B.C.) laid down his best performance of the season in the last World Cup race before finals, capturing fifth-place. In Kvitfjell, NOR, Osborne-Paradis was just .11 off a podium finish on a track where he has seen podium success in the past.
The 33-year-old was putting up top-ten splits, right through to the finish where he made up time to cross the line in the top-five. Starting with bib 30, Osborne-Paradis worked the terrain on this track, capitalizing on gliding sections and executing the technical turns perfectly.
Alpine Canada men’s speed head coach, Burkard Schaffer, set today’s super-G track, where Osborne-Paradis put down a time of 1:33.65. Osborne-Paradis' fifth-place result today bumped him up in the super-G standings to 24th-place. He will now race both the downhill and super-G at World Cup Finals.
Today’s super-G was a tight race with the top 20 racers all within less than one second of each other. Benjamin Thomsen (Invermere, B.C.) put down his best super-G result since 2014, finishing in 21st-place. Thomsen’s main focus has been downhill in the past few season but showed today he can take on the more technical courses and tracks too.
Dustin Cook (Lac-Ste-Marie, Que.) was just outside the top-20 finishing in 24th-place in a time of 1:34.36. This result is good enough to keep him ranked in the top-25 and earn a spot in the super-G at World Cup Finals next week.
Young gun, Broderick Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) just missed out on a top-30 World Cup super-G finish today. The 23-year-old had his first super-G World Cup start in 2014 and has struggled this season in super-G. Today, he put down a great run finishing in 34th-place.
In front of a home crowd, Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) not only took today’s win, but also the super-G Crystal Globe. Switzerland’s Beat Feuz finished in second-place and a surprise third-place finish came from France’s Brice Roger wearing bib 49.
The World Cup circuit now heads to Åre, SWE for World Cup Finals. Alpine Canada will have three athletes racing, including Erin Mielzynski, Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Dustin Cook.
Canadian Men’s Results
5 -Manuel Osborne-Paradis
21 - Benjamin Thomsen
24 – Dustin Cook
34 - Broderick Thompson
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