A pack of young skiers from the North Shore is climbing up the ranks on the World Cup circuit, leading the way for a rebuilding Team Canada squad.
On Saturday North Vancouver 22-year-old Cam Alexander was the top Canadian, finishing a career-best 19th place on the Lauberhorn downhill course in Wengen, Switzerland. It was the first time earning World Cup points for Alexander, who blasted into the top-20 despite starting the race in the 42nd spot. It was just the third World Cup race for Alexander, following his debut downhill in Lake Louise last November and another downhill in Beaver Creek, Colorado in December.
“It feels really good to go out today and grab my first world cup points,” stated Alexander in an Alpine Canada release. “It’s definitely a real confidence boost going into the rest of the season and I can’t wait to try and keep it rolling next week in Kitzbühel.”
One week earlier North Vancouver 20-year-old Asher Jordan, a member of the BC Ski Team, participated in his first career World Cup race, a slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland. Jordan straddled a gate in his first run and was disqualified, but came away from the event with valuable experience.
“It felt pretty surreal to be out there with everyone else on the World Cup circuit,” stated Jordan in a release. “I think this is a big stepping stone for me and will boost my confidence, knowing I can push for the rest of the season. This experience was super cool and brings a lot of confidence for the races coming up.”
North Vancouver’s Brodie Seger, one of the team’s elder statesmen at age 24, has put up a pair of top-20 results so far this season, finishing 16th at the World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise Dec. 1 and 13th in the Beaver Creek downhill Dec. 7.
Brodie’s younger brother Riley Seger, 22, was another racer who made his World Cup debut this season. Riley took part in giant slalom races in Soelden, Austria in October, Beaver Creek in December and Adelboden earlier this month.
The racers will face a daunting task this weekend in Kitzbühel, Austria, where the downhillers will tackle the famous Hahnenkamm Streif course, known as the world’s most dangerous ski race.