Beaver Creek, CO (December 8, 2019) – Trevor Philp of Calgary, AB fought through tough conditions to finish in 7th position in Sunday’s giant slalom (GS) at the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup. With this finish, Philp has a new personal best result in GS, and has built confidence as the team heads back to Europe.
“I think I had a good plan at the start of the day and stuck with it. I love the area I had friends and family in the crowd and I know the track really well. So I just stuck with my plan despite the snow and the track being a little less than favourable. I was happy to execute the plan and come out with a 7th place finish.”
After the first giant-slalom run Philp was sitting in 6th spot and he was able to fight through a difficult second run to finish strong.
“I was nervous for the second run. I was seeing that conditions were variable with fog, but I just went back to my plan. Unfortunately, I had a little mistake close to the bottom and almost went out but I was happy to pull it off and come across the finish line.”
The day saw fast skiing from Erik Read who was in 14th spot after the first run despite not feeling confident in the conditions.
“I wasn’t quite vibing with the snow. It surprised me a bit because it was a bit peelier than I expected. My intensity was super high so despite the fact that I made little mistakes the whole way down I was able to keep up my speed.”
On his second run, Read skied fast on the top section of the course but caught and edge did not finish the run.
“Second run I had a good feel for the snow. I was trying to link it as best I could and run it a bit deeper. The course was set quite fast, so you had to take those chances. And unfortunately, that caught up with me when I lost the outside ski. I’m okay and I’m happy with how I started.”
Riley Seger of North Vancouver, BC missed a gate and did not finish his first run.
Next week the World Cup tour heads back to Europe as the men’s tech team competes in Val d’Isere, France.
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