Calgary, AB. (Dec 15, 2023) — Three Canadians placed in the top 10 at today’s FIS Ski World Cup men's super-G in Val Gardena, Italy. In this first super-G of the season James Crawford (Toronto, ON) followed yesterday’s fifth place in downhill, with a sixth place today. Cameron Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) on the heels of yesterday’s 10th in downhill, charged his way from starting 63rd to finish seventh, and Jeffrey Read (Canmore, AB) rounded out the top 10 with his 10th place result.
It was another warm sunny day in the heart of the Dolomites in northern Italy and for Crawford, who won the super-G at last year’s World Championships, this is his eighth top 10 in World Cup super-G.
“I’m happy with today’s result, but it also stings a little,” said Crawford. “The race was so tight, 15 hundredth of a second is such a small margin to miss a win. It can be as little as one turn. Moving into tomorrow I know the skiing will be good and what I’m capable of and if I keep bringing the same approach anything is possible.”
Today marks Alexander’s 30th World Cup start and he set a career best result in World Cup super-G with his seventh place finish.
“Today’s result is huge, it helps a ton” said a smiling Alexander. “I’ll be going from starting 63rd to now starting in the top 30 and that’s big for the upcoming super-G’s. The guys were great today, they told me to go hammer time and it worked out pretty well.”
This is Read’s second consecutive World Cup super-G top 10 dating back to last season and he now has seven top 25 finishes in his last eight World Cup super-G races.
“Today was a lot of fun,” said a grinning Read. “The Canadians came in with a good game plan and it was great to see the guys execute on it and amazing to see three of us in the top 10. I have a lot of confidence on this slope and the conditions tomorrow look like they’re going to be great. Our guys are looking dangerous, with more good results to come.”
The other Canadian men in action today in Val Gardena were Riley Seger (North Vancouver, BC) who placed 41st, Kyle Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) who started 57th and moved up to finish 43rd, and Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, BC), continuing his return to form from injury came in 54th.
Next races: (link to FIS Calendar)
Men speed wrap up in Val Gardena (ITA) with a DH on Saturday
Para-alpine get the season started with a pair of DH Saturday and Sunday in St. Moritz (SUI)
Women speed are in Val d’Isère (FRA) for a DH on Saturday and SG on Sunday
Men’s tech race a pair of GS in Alta Badia (ITA) December 17 and 18
Ski cross return to action Dec 21 and 22 in Innichen (ITA)
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