Following a weekend full of delays and postponements on the classic Kitzbühel downhill track, the Canadian team shone with Jack Crawford leading the way.
The Toronto native finished with a career-best sixth-place finish Monday giving teammates Jeff Read of Canmore, Alta., and Brodie Seger of North Vancouver, B.C., the confidence to find their way to finishing 18th and 21st, respectively. Read’s performance was also a personal best.
“Today was simple I executed my plan and tried to have no expectations,” Crawford told Alpine Canada from the finish area of the historic race in Austria. “This is the first time all the boys have been in the top 30 together and it has to be the best day for us as a team.”
Inspired by watching Crawford’s run on television, Read (below) said he tried to ski with similar tactics.
Brodie, having returned from a crash before the Christmas holidays, didn’t hold back in Monday’s competition.
“For me, today was all about bringing an aggressive attitude and [mental strength] after being out of the game for a while,” he said. “I’m happy with the way I attacked despite a few mistakes, but most of all I’m stoked about our performance as a team. It’s about time we all punched into the points!”
Austrian skier Vincent Kriechmayr managed to bounce back from two disappointing results in downhill over the weekend to win Monday’s super-G.
He didn’t have a clean run but he charged all the way down the Streifalm course to finish in 1:12.58, defeating Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.12 seconds.
On December 29, 2020 Jack Crawford earned his first World Cup downhill points. Go Jack Go!