E-news Feb 19
World Cup Corner by Roman Torn
World Championships , Cortina d’Ampezzo
The next two weeks the town and resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo will be showcasing the 46th World Championships. Unlike winter Olympics which are every 4 years, in ski racing World Championships are held every two years with Men and women generally racing at the same venue and sometimes on the same hill. This can create interesting dynamics for men and women racers and organizers. This year Women have the luxury of being very familiar with the course as they race annually World Cup speed events at Cortina most years. The last time there was a men’s World Cup DH at Cortina was 31 years ago. Makes me feel really old, as I raced in the last men’s DH on this hill in 1990.
Another key point that should be known is, similar to Olympics there is a maximum of four athletes per nation per event participating in the World Championships. Along with the added pressure that this high profile event places on the top contenders, the opportunity for athletes that normally would run further back in World Cups produces exciting races and sometimes surprise results.
Men’s Super G
Great race. Lots of drama and a good example of a course that played massive head games with some of the best skiers in the world. Best skier ended up winning but with some surprises at the top of the leader board. Won’t ruin it but make sure you watch Brodie Seger #28 at 1:21:45. James Crawford had a strong finish with a 14th finish, with Jeffery Reid 18th.
Women’s Super G
Good solid race. The return of Michela Shiffrin to skiing a speed event for the first time this year. Another strong showing for Marie Michele Gagnon coming in 6th.
Not as exciting a race as the Super G. On top, a Super G course stuffed into a downhill with everyone doing their best to adapt. Very close race for the podium. Canadian James Crawford with the top finish at 21st, Jeffrey Reid 26th and Broderick Thompson 29th.
Cleanest turns won the race with the tuck turns on the flats making the difference for the winner. Marie Michele Gagnon a respectable 13th.
Men’s Combined SGS / Slalom
Amazing skiing from James Crawford, starting near the back of the pack to win the Super G segment. Confidence, early pressure and letting it run with a light touch gave him the time to beat going into the slalom segment of the combined. Watch at 1:17.22 . Strong skiing from the other Canadians as well in the SGS.
Men’s Combined Slalom
Slalom skiers take over for a single run on the short skis. Watch James Crawford starting #1 make great slalom turns and a run that earns him a fantastic 4th place just off the overall podium in the combined. Other Canadians Trevor Phillip finished a respectable 10th , Broderick Thompson 11th , with Jeffrey Reid 22nd .
Women’s Combined Slalom
Michela showed she is still one of the best overall skiers in the world, standing on the top of the podium after a very solid run of slalom in very icy conditions that made the relatively flat course a challenge for the others. Unfortunately no Canadians finished both runs.
Nancy Greene-Nat Bosa Award | Application deadline February 28
Nancy Greene – Nat Bosa Bursary: Nancy Greene played an instrumental role in starting the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club (which merged into WMSC) and in supporting the Canadian junior skier development program. Nancy has continued to be a great supporter of ski racing in Canada over the years. Nat Bosa and his companies have provided the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club with financial assistance for the construction of both ski cabins and have continued to support WMSC and our athletes over the years.
To recognize the tremendous contributions of Nancy and Nat in support of ski racing in Whistler the Whistler Mountain Ski Club created the Nancy Greene/Nat Bosa Bursary. These funds are intended to contribute towards coaching fees, travel expenses, equipment costs and other expenses related to the development of our ski racers. To qualify an athlete must be active in a Club program (U18/U21, U16, U14, U12), BC Team or National Team. The Board of Directors has appointed a committee to administer the Bursary and athletes should submit their requests, in confidence, to the committee by the end of February. Awards are announced in March and funds applied to the recipient’s racer account. Award criteria include perceived financial need, program costs, the athlete’s character and skill level, and parental volunteerism.
Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is February, 28.
Extra Training Days | Available Thursdays-Saturday | Registration Opens on Sunday late afternoon and Closes Tuesdays at midnight
Extra training days are available as below and are subject to availability. Pricing U12-U14 $75/day and U16-U21 $80/day.
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❖ U14-U21 Core Athletes can sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays
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We appreciate everyone’s efforts in regards to the Daily Health Checks and wish to remind all our racers that they need to continue to be diligent with their mask wearing – up over their noses!