Bow Valley skiers on fire at world juniors
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
Canmore’s Jeffrey Read helped power Canada to a gold medal in the team event at the world junior championships in Are, Sweden.
Read, the younger brother of national team member Erik Read, teamed up with Stephanie Fleckenstein, Jack Crawford and Ali Nullmeyer to beat out Austria and Belgium for the win.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the family we have behind our backs,” Read wrote after the win.
The win was the first world junior team medal in Canada’s history.
Read went on to finish 11th in the super-G, and 12th in the downhill at world juniors as he continues to build upon an impressive early career.
Canmore’s Huston Philp took 16th in the slalom to lead the Canadian team. March 14.
Philp, the younger brother of national team member Trevor Philp, laid down a combined time of 1:40.02, just 2.38 off the pace set by Adrian Pertl of Austria.
Philp is a member of the Alberta Alpine ski team.
On the world cup scene, Manny Osborne-Paradis finished fourth while Erik Guay took sixth in the downhill at world cup finals in Aspen, Colorado.
The result concludes a standout year for both athletes, as Guay finishes the season ranked fifth overall in the world in downhill. Guay also earned a world championship gold medal in the discipline earlier this year. Dominik Paris of Italy won the race, followed by countryman Peter Fill.
In other Alpine Canada news, Banff’s Zach Belczyk won gold at Canadian ski cross nationals to continue his hot streak. Fresh off his career-best 16th place finish on the world cup, Belczyk beat his teammates on March 8 at Blue Mountain, Ont. Mathieu Leduc finished in second spot, while Chris Del Bosco was third.