Canadian Cameron Alexander Wins Bronze in Kvitfjell Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill

(Canadian Close Call in Kvitfjell) In the men’s alpine skiing World Cup held at Kvitfjell, Canada’s Cameron Alexander secured a spot in the top three, while his compatriot Jeffrey Read achieved sixth place.

Kicking off the race as the fifth competitor to hit the slopes, British Columbian native Alexander completed the Norwegian course in one minute 44.81 seconds, just 19 hundredths of a second behind victor, Niels Hintermann from Switzerland.

For twenty-six-year-old Alexander, this marks his third World Cup podium achievement in his career, all gained in downhill, and his second this season.

Above and beyond, Alexander also managed to snag the third place this past December 28 in Bormio, Italy. On March 4, 2022, Alexander sealed an equal victory with Hintermann in the Kvitfjell downhill.

“It’s, in truth, inexplicable,” Hintermann commented on his dual victories at Kvitfjell.

“I didn’t carry the sensation of a flawless run. I had the impression of missing out on perhaps half or a full second faster. Ascertaining a rhythm from start to end and upholding high speed is critical. Whilst not the most demanding course in the World Cup, it’s quite a challenge to maintain speed,” Hintermann added.

In addition, fellow Canadian Read, also twenty-six and hailing from Alberta, clocked in at 1:45.36, a hundredth of a second quicker than Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt and the American Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

In effect, Read secured his place within the top 10 in a World Cup event for the fifth time in his career, and twice this season. His record also includes a seventh-place finish in a downhill race at Kvitfjell on March 5, 2022.

Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr (1:44.70) took the second place on the podium, just eight hundredths of a second off the race winner.

Yet, for Odermatt, this was only the third time in 19 starts this season, across all disciplines, where he didn’t land on the podium. He has won 10 of those races, including his first in downhill at Wengen in January.

“My downhill wasn’t too bad. There might be a spot or two where I could have shaved off a hundredth of a second or two,” critiqued Odermatt, the reigning world champion in downhill.

Odermatt has nonetheless extended his leading position in the discipline ranking as Cyprien Sarrazin, his main downhill title contender, didn’t race.

The French ski federation has reported that Sarrazin suffered a calf injury during the Friday practice session.

Winner of two downhill races in Kitzb├╝hel last month, Sarrazin is indeed the major threat to Odermatt in the general ranking.

To round off the weekend in Norway, a Super-G race is scheduled for Sunday.

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