Read and Philp overcome snow delay with another pair of top-20 finishes
Calgary AB, (December 7, 2020) – Team Canada kept the good times rolling with another pair of top 20 finishes for Erik Read and Trevor Philp in Santa Caterina Valfurva, ITA. After snowfall delayed the second giant slalom of the weekend the men were chomping at the bit and they fought through to finish in 10th and 16th.
Erik, who had the fastest second run on Saturday, was only .49 off the leader in today’s second run. Two top-ten finishes in a row show that the hard work the team has been putting in is paying off, but Erik knows he has more in the tank.
“Huge praise for the course workers and volunteers for preparing the track after an insane snowstorm! I improved my skiing from Saturday and the podium felt within reach today,” said Erik. “The speed was there, but I had a few mistakes in one section on the second run. Overall, I’m super pleased to achieve back-to-back top 10’s. It’s a competitive circuit and I’m excited to keep pushing.”
Trevor, who had an 18th place finish on Saturday was less than a second off the leader, and eventual winner Marco Odermatt of Switzerland in his first run. He is happy with his progression but knows he needs to close the gap on his second runs.
“It was a very productive weekend for me, and for us as a team. I had a great weekend of first runs, and the second runs were both not quite to the caliber I wanted, but still, to get two top-20’s, I am very happy,” said Trevor. “And with Erik landing two top-10’s, it makes for a good weekend for the team!”
The team now has a few weeks of training scheduled before they head to Alta Badia, ITA on December 20th.
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