WEEKEND PREVIEW: WOMEN’S SPEED TEAM IN LAKE LOUISE & MEN’S SPEED TEAM IN BEAVER CREEK

WEEKEND PREVIEW: WOMEN’S SPEED TEAM IN LAKE LOUISE & MEN’S SPEED TEAM IN BEAVER CREEK

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Calgary, Alta. (November 29, 2018) – It’s going to be an exciting weekend for Alpine skiing fans with the Canadian women’s speed team racing in two downhill events and one super-G in Lake Louise, while the men’s speed team is competing in Beaver Creek for one super-G, one downhill and one giant slalom.

Favourable weather forecast and snow conditions over the next few days in Lake Louise should bode well for the women competing in the speed events

Marie-Michèle Gagnon is looking to improve on her Top 10 result in super-G at Lake Louise in 2013.

“Now that I am focusing more on speed events and that I’m back from a year off, I am getting speed slowly but surely and I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. The training runs have been mentally challenging so far, but overall a good start. I’m eager for the events coming up, especially Sunday’s Super-G.” – said Gagnon.

With preparations already underway in Lake Louise, Valérie Grenier, 22,  was 22ndin the first training run on Tuesday. Grenier’s best results in Lake Louise are a 16th place in downhill in 2016 and also a 16th place-finish in super-G in 2015. She is aiming to break into the top 15 this year in both disciplines. 

Teammate Roni Remme, also 22, is striving for great results this weekend after exciting performances in technical events in Killington last weekend. Her goal is to crack the top 30, moving up from last year’s 42nd position in Lake Louise’s ladies’ downhill event. 

The Audi FIS Beaver Creek World Cup, also called ‘The Birds of Prey’, was first held in 1997, making it a relative newcomer on the World Cup circuit. With an impressive and unique design, the course has some of the steepest pitches, some of the biggest jumps and is one of the most challenging terrains on the circuit.

Norwegians skiers have dominated the downhill at Beaver Creek with Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal winning top spot since 2013. Canadian Ben Thomsen, 31, had a strong showing in downhill this past weekend in Lake Louise with a 15th place finish. Ben Thomsen and his fellow speed team members Jack Crawford, Brodie Seger, Jeffrey Read and Sam Mulligan will be aiming to beat their career best results and make it onto the podium. 

After a solid performance at Lake Louise finishing in 16th place last weekend, Dustin Cook is looking to move up in the standings in the super-G.

Where: Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA– Men
                Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN - Ladies

When: Friday, November 30, 2018
Men’s super-G in Beaver Creek

11:00 am MT / 1:00 pm ET

Ladies’ downhill # 1 in Lake Louise

12:30 pm MT / 2:30 pm ET

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Men’s Downhill in Beaver Creek

11:00 am MT / 1:00 pm ET

Ladies’ downhill # 2 in Lake Louise

12:30 pm MT / 2:30 pm ET

Sunday, December 2, 2018 

Men’s giant slalom in Beaver Creek

1strun : 9:45 am MT / 11:45 am ET 

Ladies’ super-G in Lake Louise

11:00 am MT / 1:00 pm ET

Where to watch: CBC-TV – both men’s races in Beaver Creek and ladies’ races in Lake Louise - all times in ET

Friday, November 30 – Alpine Skiing World Cup on CBC: www.cbcsports.ca: (live stream)

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm ET LIVE Beaver Creek, USA – Men’s super-G

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET LIVE – Lake Louise, CAN – Ladies’ downhill # 1

Saturday, December 1 - Alpine Skiing World Cup on CBC: www.cbcsports.ca: (live stream)

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm ET LIVE Beaver Creek, USA – Men’s downhill

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET LIVE – Lake Louise, CAN – Ladies’ downhill # 2

CBC-TV

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET – Road to the Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing World Cup: Men’s downhill in Beaver Creek and ladies’ downhill # 1 in Lake Louise

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET – Road to the Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing World Cup: Ladies’ downhill # 2 in Lake Louise

Sunday, December 2 - Alpine Skiing World Cup on CBC: www.cbcsports.ca: (live stream)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET LIVE Lake Louise, Canada – Ladies’ super-G 

CBC-TV:

1:00 pm ET – Road to the Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing World Cup: Ladies’ super-G in Lake Louise

Athlete Entries

Ladies / Lake Louise

Men / Beaver Creek

Marie-Michèle Gagnon, Lac Etchemin (QC)

Benjamin Thomsen, Invermere (BC)

Ronni Remme, Collingwood (ON)

Brodie Seger, North Vancouver (BC)

Valérie Grenier, Mont-Tremblant (QC)

Dustin Cook, Ottawa (ON)

 

Jack Crawford, Toronto (ON)

 

Jeff Read, Calgary (AB)

 

Sam Mulligan, Vancouver (BC)

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About the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup

The world’s fastest skiers descend on Alberta at the end of November each year to compete at the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Held in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada’s highest-profile alpine ski race features the first men’s and ladies’ speed events of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season. First hosted in 1980, the Lake Louise World Cup event is the first outside Europe to be named to the prestigious Club 5, an organization that brings together the most famousand historic World Cup alpine race organizing committees. The event has become synonymous with the start of the ski season each winter. It also represents the only opportunity male and female Canadian alpine skiers have to win a World Cup on home snow. For more information please visit lakelouiseworldcup.com.

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