Alpine racers from coast to coast to coast put on a tremendous display of heart, skill and determination at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. With athletes representing ten provinces and one territory, the field was expansive and exciting for many athletes, some of whom had never raced outside their region.
Alpine racing across four events, super-G, giant slalom (GS), slalom and ski cross, took place on race courses at Crabbe Mountain in New Brunswick and Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale in PEI, from February 28 to March 5, 2023
In a first at these games, para and able-bodied athletes competed together with all having the opportunity to stand on the podium and proudly represent their province. The Crabbe Mountain alpine events were the first to fully integrate para-alpine athletes into the field with their factored time. A factored time allows para-alpine racers to rank amongst their able-bodied racing peers in the same discipline. And for Kalle Ericsson and guide Sierra Smith (Team Alberta), this factored time ranked them fourth overall in men's GS.
Thanks to the efforts of many at the Canada Winter Games helping with the timing of these races, this ranking will now be the standard in our national alpine racing community. Using factored timing is a significant step towards inclusion and equity among all Canadian alpine athletes.
Some other racing highlights:
- Roxy Coatesworth (Team British Columbia) swept all four gold medals in the women’s races, and also served as flag bearer for Team BC at the closing ceremony.
- In just his second ever ski race, para-athlete James Budrow (Team Ontario) finished second in slalom, impressing not only the crowd but himself and boosting his confidence as he continues his para-alpine career.
- On the men's side, Team Québec had a strong games taking home 10 medals.
- The size of the field competing in women’s ski cross. “I have never seen a field of women so large to create a 64 seed ladder in my years of involvement with ski cross at any level," said John Simpson, Chief of Course for the ski cross event. (Note: there is typically a ladder of 16 at a women’s World Cup race)
Among the media coverage for alpine:
CTV Atlantic aired a segment about the events at Crabbe Mountain on a 6:00 pm news broadcast, including recorded footage of the GS event. Link here
CBC was also on-site at Crabbe, reporting on how critical recording racers' times are to final results. You can read the story here.
The medal table can be found here.
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