Calgary, Alta. (November 14, 2021) – In this Audi FIS World Cup season’s only parallel event, Canadians Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB) and Erik Read (Canmore, AB) battled their way into the small final with Philp finishing 5th and Read 7th in Lech ürs, Austria. This exciting head-to-head race is truly unique in that athletes are competing against each other in a two-run elimination format, instead of solely against the clock. Racing against each other on parallel tracks, athletes rocket out of the start gate as it drops while fighting for every opportunity to gain time against their competition the entire way down. Both men started the day strong, finishing 6th (Read) and 10th (Philp) in the qualifying round to continue on to the final event.
“It was a fun race today, right from the qualifying,” says Trevor. “It’s fast and tight racing, it was a blast to do.”
“You hardly know what’s going on during the day,” Trevor reflected after the race. “You finish one race then go right back up to the top and it’s hard to keep track. Suddenly we were up against one another [in the small finals] and that was fun. We’ve trained against each other, I know how fast he can be, I know how fast I can be, and it was time to just charge. I came ahead this time but it could have easily been him” said Trevor, speaking of his teammate Erik Read after ending the race competing against each other.
“It was an awesome team result. Anything was possible today,” says Erik. “It’s the only parallel, and I’m really glad we both took part in this event.”
“It was great to follow up with a win each to come 5th and 7th at this race,” Trevor continued. “It was a great day for both of us and we’re excited to keep going.”
“Hopefully we can both keep the momentum going into the next set of Super G and GS races,” says Erik.
The next race for the men’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team will take place on home soil with the downhill and Super-G events in Lake Louise November 26-28, 2021. The women’s event will be held the following weekend.
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