Alpine Canada | News | Canada’s Alpine Ski Team Races to Best Ever World Ski Championships
Calgary, Alta. (February 21, 2023) — The 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel/Méribel, France, were the most successful World Championships in Canadian ski racing history. With two gold medals, four podium finishes and seven athletes going home with World Championships medals, Canada’s athletes delivered memorable performances in the men’s, women’s and team events. These are the first World Championship medals for each of the seven Canadians.
“I’m so proud of this team,” said Therese Brisson, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “The athletes’ performances have been inspiring and the hard work of the team, including the coaches and staff, is the foundation of these incredible results. These medals were earned through the athletes’ years of dedication and the continued support of their families and the Canadian ski community.”
“It’s exciting to think of the 500 million people watching the World Cups around the world applauding Canada’s team,” added Brisson. “We must continue to work as an organization and as a nation to build on this momentum. I hope all Canadians join us in celebrating these remarkable achievements and continue to support these great athletes.”
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World Championships 2023:
Previous best: 3 (2017 St. Moritz (SUI), 1968 Grenoble (FRA), 1958 Bad Gastein (AUT)
gold x 2
James (Jack) Crawford (Toronto, ON), Men’s Super-G
- Last Canadian to win a World Championship Super-G: Erik Guay (2017)
Laurence St-Germain (St Ferreol-les-Neiges, QC), women’s slalom
- Last Canadian to win a world championship in slalom: Anne Heggveit (1960)
bronze x 2
Cameron Alexander (North Vancouver, BC), men’s downhill
- Last Canadian to win a medal at a World Downhill Championships: Erik Guay (2017)
Britt Richardson (Canmore, AB)
Erik Read (Canmore, AB)
Jeffrey Read (Canmore, AB)
Valérie Grenier (St-Isidor, ON)
- Canada’s last team parallel was silver in 2015
In total: According to the FIS rankings, link here, which weight gold medals more than silver or bronze, Canada finished these World Championships in 5th place, behind winner Switzerland and ahead of notable ski nation Austria and host France. In the overall medals standings, Canada finished 4th with Italy and the USA behind Norway, Switzerland and Austria.
The next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in Saalbach, Austria in 2025.
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The 2023 FIS Ski Cross World Championships will be held on February 24th and 25th in Bakuriani, Georgia
Women Speed takes place on February 25th and 26th in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Men Tech takes place on February 25th and 26th in Palisades Tahoe, USA
Para-Alpine races in Kitzbuehel, Austria, February 27th and 28th
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