Calgary’s Erik Read went two for two in giant slalom races at the men’s Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ/ FIS Australia New Zealand Cup at Coronet Peak. In a field of over 80 men from 22 countries, Read is showing fine pre-season form, erasing a first-run deficit to win the race in a time one minute 46.46 seconds.
Austrian Magnus Walch was 0.03 seconds behind Read in second spot and Croatian Krystof Krylz in third.
“The first run conditions were amazing and even though I started in bib 19, I had a good chance,” Read said, after his first win. “It was softening a bit in the second run, but you could still feel it underneath. I think these races are some of the best you can get in the Southern Hemisphere in our summer.”
Joining Read in the top-10 on that first day were teammates Trevor Philp (Calgary, Alb.) in sixth-place and Phil Brown (Toronto, Ont.) in seventh-place.
Read sat fourth after the first run in today’s race, but raced a smart but risk-oriented second run to take the win.
“To do it by three-hundredths of a second, there’s just nothing in it,” Read said. “I was really pleased to win the first day and to do it a second time just solidifies (my form) for me. It was definitely more challenging today with flat light in the second run.”
With the 2017-18 World Cup season less than two months away, these early races lay the groundwork for the athletes to have success leading into the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.
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Men’s FIS Giant Slalom
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
|Rank||Name||YOB||NAT||1st Run||2nd Run||Total time|
|9||HAUGEN Per Torstein||1994||NOR||52.22||55.50||1:47.72|