An amazing day of racing closed out the Lake Louise NorAm speed races this week. Both the men’s and women’s fields charged hard and left nothing on the hill. It was an exciting day of racing as both the U.S. and Canadian athletes stepped onto the podium.
On the women’s side, the Americans bested the field with all of the U.S. ladies skiing into the top 5 positions. This was an outstanding day for the female athletes rockin’ the red, white, and blue. This was particularly so for U.S. Ski Teamer, Keely Cashman who picked up her second win of the series on Friday.
“The set was a little more technical and the line and tactics had to be well thought through, Cashman said.” Cashman visualized her tactics well and showed the field how it was done crossing the line 1.33 seconds ahead of everyone else. “The win felt great. I had a lot of good speed training in Copper before heading to Lake Louise, so I felt confident and just needed to execute,” Cashman said.
Alix Wilkinson continued her strong start to the season with a second-place finish and Lauren Macuga came in third, 1.85 seconds behind Cashman.
On the men’s side, the leaderboard was changed up from the downhill races, with the similarity being that the Canadian team held onto gold to conclude the week. In super-g, Jack Crawford of Canada secured the victory, 0.53 seconds in front of second-place finisher, Kyle Negomir, of the U.S. Ski Team. Canadian, Brodie Seger, carved his way into a third-place finish, 0.76 seconds behind the leader.
“There were good conditions, good lighting, but some of the variables within the track didn’t set up as well as they should have, which added some challenge,” Crawford said. “It was an awesome chance to ski another time before the Lake Louise races were over.”
He also explained that mentally he was coming off of a pretty big crash in Beaver Creek that he had to overcome, making the win just that much more important for momentum as the season continues.
Cashman and her teammates are headed immediately for Nakiska where the NorAm series continues next week. She is hoping to translate the solid skiing from Lake Louise into the next races in Nakiska.
“I’ll take two days off to recover before the NorAms start in Nakiska, to try and eat well and get as much rest as possible,” Cashman said.
As for Crawford and his teammate, Seger, they will head back to the World Cup, racing in Val Gardena, Italy next. “We will be running the super-G, DH, and possibly get some tech runs in. For the rest of the season it looks like we will be focusing on the speed disciplines,” Crawford said.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the NorAm series from Nakiska, Canada where racing begins on December 16 with an Alpine Combined and super-G race.
Women’s SG Top 10
- Keely Cashman USA 1:07.27
- Alix Wilkinson USA +1.33
- Lauren Macuga USA +1.85
- Isabella Wright USA +1.96
- Olivia Holm USA +2.80
- Ella Renzoni CAN +3.07
- Stefanie Fleckenstein CAN +3.31
- Kiara Alexander CAN +3.74
- Claire Timmermann CAN +3.98
- Katrina Van Soest CAN +4.04
For complete results, click here.
Men’s SG Top 10
- James (Jack) Crawford CAN 1:04.43
- Kyle Negomir USA +0.53
- Brodie Seger CAN +0.76
- Albert Ortega ESP +1.02
- Cameron Alexander CAN +1.07
- Riley Seger CAN +1.23
- Sam Morse USA +1.30
- Jeffery Read CAN +1.44
- Sam Mulligan CAN +1.71
- Bridger Gile USA +1.86
For full results, click here.