The Next Generation of FIS World Cup Superstars Take Flight in the 2019-20 NorAm Cup
Lake Louise NorAm:
With the World Cup tour back across the pond it’s the Nor-Am Cup’s turn to shine!
The NorAm Cup circuit, (North American Cup), is an important steppingstone for athletes as they strive to develop into FIS World Cup skiers. The tour highlights the next generation of alpine superstars and includes Canadian Alpine Ski Team members at certain stops. The eight-stop tour began in Copper Mountain, CO in November then headed north to Lake Louise, AB December 9 - 13.
The Lake Louise NorAm saw a solid contingent of Canadian Alpine Ski Team members competing, including Brodie Seger and Jack Crawford, who both had strong results at the Beaver Creek World Cup last weekend.
Two downhill races on Dec. 11 and 12 were held, the first of which saw a Canadian sweep of the podium. Jeff Read (Canmore, AB) came in 1st, Cam Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) in 2nd and his brother Kyle (North Vancouver, BC) in 3rd.
Sam Mulligan (Vancouver, BC) finished in 6th, Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, BC) – 8th and Dustin Cook (Ottawa, ON) – 10th. Jack Crawford (Toronto, ON) did not start his first run.
On the second day of competition Cam Alexander took over top spot on the podium while Jeff Read came in 2nd. Kyle Alexander finished in 4th spot. Jack Crawford, coming off a fall in Beaver Creek finished in 6th. Brodie Seger – 9th, Dustin Cook - 11th.
Stephanie Fleckenstein (West Vancouver, BC) the lone member of the women’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team in attendance, finished 2nd in the first downhill race and just off the podium in 4th on the second day of competition.
On Dec. 13 the Super-G saw another strong finish from members of the men’s team with Jack Crawford finishing atop the podium and Brodie Seger finishing in 3rd.
Cam Alexander finished in 5th, Riley Seger – 6th, Jeff Read – 8th, Sam Mulligan – 9th, Kyle Alexander – 11th. Dustin Cook did not start his run.
On the women’s side Fleckenstein finished in 7th.
The Lake Louise NorAm is a big stop on the tour and an important opportunity for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. “The biggest benefit is getting miles on a track that is a stop on the World Cup tour. As a young athlete I feel disadvantaged at the World Cup level due to lack of experience” said Jeff Read, of his six years racing the Lake Louise NorAm Cup events.
Canadian Highlights of the Nor-Am Tour:
Fans can catch the tour on home snow throughout the season at venues across Canada. For a full NorAm Cup schedule, visit the FIS site.
December 16 – 20, 2019
Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Alpine Combined
Home of Alpine events during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games it has also been the training venue for many of our Canadian Alpine Ski Team. Nakiska is a legacy of the games and you can tell by the energy that exists at the last NorAm race of the calendar year.
Mount Edouard, QC
February 3 – 7, 2020
Slalom, Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom
Mount Edouard hosted the National Championships last year to great success and is ready for another great NorAm race this year. With a strong tradition of ski racing in the province the rich history can be felt throughout the area and on the hill.
2020 Collingwood NorAm Cup
February 4 – 8, 2020
Georgian Peaks, ON
Osler Bluff, ON
After hosting a successful race last year Alpine Ontario is ready for another week of racing. The high calibre of racing that is found in Collingwood is sure to reappear this year with another exciting schedule of events.
March 17 – 24, 2020
Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Alpine Combined
Panorama has a rich history of hosting NorAm races and is amped to host the National Championships in March. Racers and spectators alike can expect great light for the race and après race festivities. Panorama feels like home for many of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team as it has become a major training venue for the team.