Lake Louise Nor-Am – Day 1

It was Lake Louise at its best — cold and clear — for the first training runs of the 2017-18 Nor-Am downhill races for men and women. The day went off smoothly with 26 women and 82 men making their way down the track. Canada’s Stef Fleckenstein took the top spot in the women’s training run with New Zealand’s Georgia Willinger coming second and Canada’s Roni Remme rounding out the top three. Alberta ski team member’s Zoe Belczyk and Ashleigh Alexander made their way into the top ten placing 8th and 10th respectively.

In the men, Canada’s Sam Mulligan took the top spot with teammate Ben Thomsen coming in a tenth of a second behind him and Austrian Sebastian Arzt coming in at third. Adrien Grabinski was the top Alberta Ski Team athlete placing 22nd on the day.

The word from the athletes is that the downhill course has more turn shape than previous years, slowing down the racers with a more technical set. The hard snow conditions held up very well throughout the race providing a good outlook for the week ahead.

Due to some potentially warm weather coming in later this week the coaches have decided to move up the Nor-Am downhills to tomorrow for both men and women. This change in plans means today will be the only training all the athletes will get before race day.

Womens Top 10 Results

1 8 FLECKENSTEIN Stefanie CAN U21 01:22.00 01:22.00 0.00
2 9 WILLINGER Georgia NZL U21 01:22.09 01:22.09 +0.09
3 7 REMME Roni CAN SR 01:22.34 01:22.34 +0.34
4 12 LEBEL Maureen USA U21 01:22.69 01:22.69 +0.69
5 22 SMITH Sierra CAN U18 01:23.21 01:23.21 +1.21
6 13 WRIGHT Isabella USA U21 01:24.05 01:24.05 +2.05
7 11 VILANOVA Marina CAN U21 01:24.06 01:24.06 +2.06
8 4 BELCZYK Zoe CAN U21 01:24.16 01:24.16 +2.16
9 14 DENDA Kayo JPN SR 01:24.79 01:24.79 +2.79
10 24 ALEXANDER Ashleigh CAN U18 01:25.14 01:25.14 +3.14

Men’s Top Ten Results

1 2 MULLIGAN Sam CAN U21 01:17.36 01:17.36 0.00
2 30 THOMSEN Benjamin CAN SR 01:17.46 01:17.46 +0.10
3 19 ARZT Sebastian AUT SR 01:17.78 01:17.78 +0.42
4 13 SEGER Brodie CAN SR 01:18.20 01:18.20 +0.84
5 10 CRAWFORD James CAN U21 01:18.20 01:18.20 +0.84
6 24 KRENN Christoph AUT SR 01:18.21 01:18.21 +0.85
7 9 MORSE Sam USA SR 01:18.22 01:18.22 +0.86
8 12 KOELL Alexander SWE SR 01:18.28 01:18.28 +0.92
9 8 READ Jeffrey CAN U21 01:18.30 01:18.30 +0.94
10 5 WEISEL Kipling USA SR 01:18.38 01:18.38 +1.02

Women’s AST Results

Zoe Belczyk – 8th

Ashleigh Alexander – 10th

Abby Harrison – 22nd

Claire Timmermann – DNF

Men’s AST Results

Adrien Grabinski – 22nd

Liam Wallace – 34th

Andre Wilson – 36th

Jamie Casselman – 62nd

Sam Wall – 63rd

Kelvin Cochrane – 65th

Ryan Webster – 67th

Marcus Holm – 73rd

Dawson Hill – 74th

Carson Cook – DNF

Official Results: https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/event-details.html?event_id=41895&cal_suchsector=AL

Live timing: http://www.alpinecanadalive.org/

On hill updates: Follow @albertaskiteam on instagram

About Kevyn Read

Senior at Dartmouth College pursuing a major in economics. Instagram:@why.kevyn
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