Cameron Alexander raced to the bronze in the men’s downhill Sunday in Courchevel, France.
Alexander of North Vancouver, finished 0.89 behind the silver medallist after starting 20th. He was competing in his first race at a major championship.
“Just pushing and feeling like I was hanging on a bit,” Alexander said. “When you’re fighting and hanging on in downhill, usually it means you’re going fast. I had a couple of mistakes but they weren’t too costly. All in all, it was solid.”
Swiss skier Marco Odermatt won gold for his first career world championships medal after posting a flawless run on the demanding L’Eclipse course to beat Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by 0.48 seconds as the Norwegian added to his silver from Thursday’s super-G.
Olympian and Super G World Champion Jack Crawford of Toronto finished fifth, and was “not surprised at all” with Alexander’s performance.
“Cam, he’s always had the speed, he has battled through some unfortunate injuries that have kind of sidelined him for a little while,” Crawford said. “His speed and ability is right up there with me and the other guys on our team.”
Congratulations Cameron, you truly are a Crazy Canuck!
Ski the World!