Crawford 6th in Bormio Super-G
Calgary, Alta. (December 29, 2022) – On a day that saw five Canadians finish in the top 20, James (Jack) Crawford (Toronto, ON) led the way with a sixth place in the super-G at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup at Bormio, Italy. In the women’s slalom at the World Cup race at Semmering, Austria, Amelia Smart (Invermere, BC) was the top Canadian with a season’s best 15th place finish.
On a fast track in Bormio, Crawford raced to sixth, his third top 11 this season in super-G and his best performance ever in the super-G at Bormio. Riley Seger (North Vancouver, BC) punched his way to
a career best 15th place in World Cup racing. Starting 51st Seger had the biggest jump of anyone in today’s race.
“The track was pretty icy and bumpy,” said grinning Seger. “I didn’t do any of the training runs so I
wasn’t really sure that to expect. I got some great information from my teammates that you just had to push it. I’m excited and happy to take this into the new year.”
Jeffrey Read (Canmore, AB) finished 17th, his third consecutive top 21 in the three super-G’s this season. Broderick Thompson (Whistler, BC) finished 33rd, Cameron Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) was 34th, Brodie Seger (North Vancouver, BC) 38th and Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB) didn’t finish the run.
“We had a good day,” said Chris Power, assistant coach men’s alpine. “The conditions and course setting made for a challenging race so good to see a couple of guys step-up from the back. January is coming in hot, so we’ll take some time now to rest-up and get ready.”
Under the lights and in front of a large, boisterous pro-Austrian crowd in Semmering, on a day that saw Mikaela Shiffrin win her 80th World Cup race, two Canadians finished in the top 16. Smart was 15th, her third top 30 this season and Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON) was 16th, her fifth top 20 in five races this season. Laurence St-Germain (St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) did not advance to the second run.
“I made some good solid turns today and I’m happy with the race,” said Smart. “We have a big block of races coming up with three races in the next 10 days or so and I’m excited to build off of this.”
Women tech skiers are in Zagreb, Croatia, January 4th and 5th.
Men tech skiers are in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, January 4th and then onto Adelboden, Switzerland January 7th and 8th.
Women speed are in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, January 7-8.
Men speed return to racing in Wengen, Switzerland, January 13-15
Para-alpine racers have a break from competition returning to action at the FIS Para Alpine Ski World Championships 2023 at Espot and La Molina, Spain, January 18th to 30th.
Ski cross has a break from World Cup racing until January 20th at Idre Fjäll, Sweden.
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