Race Recap: December 20, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Race Recap: December 20, 2019 - January 5, 2020

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➡️ Val Gardena, Italy (Dec. 20, 2019): The weather did not cooperate in Val Gardena for the men’s super-G but Jack Crawford made the best of it to finish in 17th spot. It was a career best performance for Crawford who had to endure multiple lengthy race interuptions due to fog before the race was ultimately called just before teammate Brodie Seger was to ski. Link.

➡️ Innichen, Italy (Dec. 21, 2019): Due to heavy rain and snowfall the final heats of the Ski Cross from Innichen, Italy were cancelled and the qualification results stood as the official race results. Kevin Drury picked up his third 1st place finish of the Cross Alps Tour, solidifying his leader bib on the tour. With the finish Britt Phelan had her first podium of the World Cup season, a 3rd place finish. Link

➡️ Innichen, Italy (Dec. 22, 2019): It was another exciting day for the Canadian Ski Cross Team in Innichen, Italy as Marielle Thompson raced through tough conditions to finish in 2nd spot.  Adding to the teams excitiement was a strong finish by Reece Howden who tied his personal best finish, ending up in 5th spot. “I had a good start in the final but just got stuck behind but I knew that in the bottom of this course if I skied it clean I could carry some speed. I’m pretty stoked. I’m really looking forward to racing in Canada” Thompson said of her day. Link

➡️ Alta Badia, Italy (Dec. 23, 2019): After the cancellations of races across Europe the men’s tech team was ready to go from Alta Badia, Italy. Conditions were tough for Erik Read and Trevor Philp in the giant slalom with heavy snow and fog. Philp finished in 37th after the first run and did not qualify for a second and Read did not finish his first run. 

➡️ Alta Badia, Italy (Dec. 23, 2019): Under the bright lights of Alta Badia, Erik Read hit the slopes for the parallel giant slalom. The event is a rarity for the tour, only one of three scheduled for this season. Read, the only Canadian to compete did not qualify to move onto the next round. 

➡️ Bormio, Italy (Dec. 27, 2019): After a short break to celebrate Christmas the men’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team was back at it in Bormio for the downhill. Conditions were challenging and unpredictable with icy, fast sections at the top and soft and bumpy sections further down the run. Ben Thomsen finished in 28th spot. “My run started great, but I caught an edge in the second section which cost me a lot of time and speed. In this game once you lose it, it’s very hard to catch up. Competition is fierce on the World Cup. I finally feel comfortable with my skiing, just need to get a full run top to bottom.” Brodie Seger finished in 31st and Jack Crawford in 50th.

➡️ Lienz, Austria (Dec. 28, 2019): After a few days to recharge it was the women's team's turn to get back onto the hill for the giant slalom from Lienz. Under blue skies, snow conditions were variable and changed significantly throughout the course. Marie-Michèle Gagnon,who had been happy with her training, wasn’t happy with her overall race. She did not qualify for a second run.

➡️ Bormio, Italy (Dec. 28, 2019): It was an exciting day for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in Bormio, Italy as Ben Thomsen overcame high winds and bumpy course conditions for a season best 12th place finish. Even with bright blue skies, conditions were still very tough on the second day of downhill racing. Link

➡️ Lienz, Austria (Dec. 29, 2019): It was an incredible day for Canada at the last women’s competition this decade. Laurence St-Germain skied clean on a tough course to finish in 9thplace and Erin Mielzynski put together two good runs to finish in 12th. With three Canadian women in the second run, the team is in race mode for 2020. Link.  


➡️ Bormio, Italy (Dec. 29, 2019): It was the men’s turn for the alpine combined from Bormio. The race, which combines one run of super-G and one run of slalom, is one of only three AC races this season. Brodie Seger , who was in 22nd spot after the super-G, finished in 29th spot. 


➡️ Zagreb, Croatia (Jan. 4, 2020): The women’s tech team jumped right into 2020 with their first race of the year in Zagreb, Croatia. The late day affair saw Laurence St-Germain and Amelia Smart start the year on the right foot finishing in 11th and 17th spot respectiely. The race was a personal best finish for Smart who has raced only a handful of World Cup races in her young career. “My game plan was to ski like I know I can ski and just push it. I’m stoked about today, I felt pretty good. Had some good training days leading up to this race and I felt good going into it. Just stoked it worked out.” Link

➡️ Zagreb, Croatia (Jan. 5, 2020): Under the lights  of Zagreb, Croatia, it was the men’s tech team’s turn to kick off 2020! Erik Read battled through slick conditions to qualify for a second run. He skied hard and finish in 22nd place. “I had a solid first run where I lost grip a couple times but skied well and was mistake free. In my second run I had my skis a little sharper and was able to push and attack. Happy to be back in the points and less than a second and a half out in such a tight race.” Said Read of his day. 

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