AUSTRIA – It was a big day for local alpine skiers Trevor Philp and Erik Read.
In the world cup parallel event, a series of heats pitting two skiers head-to-head, Philp finished fifth and Read was seventh, respectively, in Lech, Austria on Sunday (Nov. 14).
"It was fast and right racing," said Philp in a press release. "It was a blast to do."
Austrian Christian Hirschbuehl was first and countryman Dominik Raschner finished second. Norway's Atile Lie McGrath was the third man on the podium with bronze.
The world cup parallel in Lech is the only one on the calendar and it was designed to add more excitement for racers and onlookers. The top 16 qualifiers compete in a bracket with heats between competitors consisting of two runs. The two competitors change courses for the second run. The winner of the two runs moves on until only one athlete is left.
In one heat, Canmore's Read and Calgary's Philp, whose roots run deep in the Bow Valley, went up against each other.
"Suddenly we were up against one another [in the small finals] and that was fun," said Philp. "We’ve trained against each other, I know how fast he can be, I know how fast I can be, and it was time to just charge. I came ahead this time but it could have easily been him.”
Read added: "It was an awesome team result. Anything was possible today."
In related news, the men's events are officially a go at the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup from Nov. 23-28.
The race organizing committee announced on Saturday (Nov. 13) the snow and preparations are on schedule to host the world's fastest skiers in downhill and super-G races, which include Canadians Jeff Read, Jack Crawford and Brodie Seger, among others.