Alpine Canada: Yurkiw Speeds To Silver in Downhill

This article was originally published on the Alpine Canada website.

 Larisa Yurkiw is putting together a season to remember on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit.

The native of Owen Sound, ON skied to a 2nd place finish – her best-ever World Cup result – in the women’s downhill on Friday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Yurkiw raced down the course in 1:09.68 for her first-ever podium finish and finished just behind winner Elena Fanchini of Italy (1:09.53). Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was 3rd in 1:09.84.

Yurkiw has been enjoying the best skiing of her career in 2014-15. She was 4th in the downhill at Lake Louise on December 6 and then had a top-15 finish two weeks later in Val d’Isere, France (Yurkiw ended up 13th in that race).

Friday’s great run gave Yurkiw her 5th top-10 finish since her World Cup career began in 2007.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy women’s downhill (Canada’s placements)

Larisa Yurkiw 1:09.68 (2nd)

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup weekend continues on Saturday with a second downhill race and concludes on Sunday with the Super-G. Yurkiw is expected to compete in both races.

OHCanada Sports addition: 
Television coverage: Saturday Jan 17 2pm CBC 
Also men's races televised. Check The Heartbeat for details.

Click here to read CBC's article and watch Scott Russell discuss the podium finish on CBC Newsworld.