Feb. 11, 2015
VAIL, Colo. - A pair of University of Denver skiers picked up silver medals at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado on Tuesday. Senior Trevor Philp (Calgary, Alberta) earned a medal for Canada in the team event on Vail’s Golden Peak along with Erin Mielzynski, Phil Brown and Candace Crawford. DU freshman Erik Read (Calgary, Alberta) and Marie-Pier Prefontaine were alternates and also received medals.
Austria won the event 3-1 over Canada by just .11 of a second. It was the Austrian’s third victory in the last five times the event has been held at the World Alpine Ski Championships.
“We were definitely underdogs throughout the whole thing, being a young team. But for sure had a lot of fire, and had fun with it,” said Philp. “I spend a lot of time up here and a lot of time in the area. This altitude, I’m happy to do it here.”
Sweden earned the bronze medal, defeating Switzerland 3-1.
Canada made it to the finals by upsetting Sweden in the semi-finals. This after they eliminated Germany in the opening round and then knocking off Italy.
"It was an historic day for Canada and the University of Denver ski team," said DU head coach Andy LeRoy. "This was not Trevor's first world championship medal. He earned bronze in 2012 at the World Alpine Junior Ski Championships paired with current Pioneer teammate Tianda Carroll (Jasper, Alberta)."
The Team event featured a total of 16 teams. The format has four racers competing in duel slalom runs. There are four races in each round which is a knockout format.
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