After three years competing as an NCAA athlete, Erik Read is now able to sign formally with Alpine Canada Pool ski suppliers.
This past Thursday, it was made official. Continuing for another two seasons with the Fischer Family who have been so supportive. “This is a great partnership” said Read. “The Fischer Team has been solidly behind me through the Nor-Am Tour and transitioning to the World Cup level. I’m grateful for their dedication to my career and for the support of everyone who provides me with such great service and product.”
The 2016-17 season was a breakout winter, with four top ten results from three different events. The highlight was a 7th place on the historic Ganslern track in the 77th running of the Hahnenkamm races at Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Other top ten results included 6th in the alpine combined in St-Catarina, 8th on the Face Bellevarde GS track in Val d’Isere and 9th in giant slalom on the Orieller-Killy piste also in Val d’Isere.
He was also a member of the Canadian Team which captured silver in the Alpine Team event at the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. The same team finished 5th at the 2017 Worlds.
“This past season, my equipment was dialed in”, said Erik. “The Fischer boot guys – Reinhold Gappmaier and Hannes Reiter – did an amazing job to get the new Podium 150 working for me in both of my main events. And the Fischer Team at the factory was very supportive of our rep, Jan Šauperl, working closely with him.”
Erik is currently in Zermatt, Switzerland fine-tuning equipment prior to the first official on-snow session with the Canadian World Cup Combi Group, which will open next week in nearby Saas-Fee.
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With Fischer Sports CEO Franz Foettinger