This article was originally published on Alpine Canada's website.
Those who have followed Dustin Cook’s season could sense something special was coming.
That something special happened on Thursday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship. Cook, of Mont Ste-Marie, QC racing with Bib 28, sped down the hill in 1:15.79 and claimed 2nd place in the men’s Super-G.
The silver is Canada’s first medal of this year’s world championship and the first time Cook has ever reached the podium on the world championship or World Cup stage. Needless to say, it was an epic day on the hill for Cook and for Alpine Canada Alpin. Really, this was an epic day for Canada.
“I’m feeling pretty damn good right now,” said Cook moments after the race. “A lot of things went right. It was just good, solid skiing like I have been doing for the past few weeks, without any mistakes.”
Cook’s run was a shave off the winning time of 1:15.68 posted by Austrian Hannes Reichelt. France’s Adrian Theaux was 3rd in 1:15.92.
Cook had plenty of support in the stands on Thursday, with his girlfriend and father among the many friends and family cheering him on.
“I can’t explain it,” he said. “This is unbelievable. When I crossed the line and saw that 2, I lost my mind. I’m so pumped my dad is here to see this.”
In addition to this incredible achievement, Cook became the newest and final member of the Canadian Cowboys. There were only 8 belt buckles ever made before the mold was destroyed and Cook will be last Canadian to receive this honour.
The silver medal caused an eruption on social media. Here is a sample of the tweets posted after Cook crossed the line.
“Congrats to @dustincook – you nailed it. Wear that silver with pride. Most consistent performer of the team in 2015.” – Ken Read
“Holy cow! @dustincook crushed it. The crowd goes wild.” – Marielle Thompson
“Way to go @dustincook!!!” – Erik Guay
Three other Canadians competed on Wednesday, with Morgan Pridy coming in 22nd (1:17.30), Benjamin Thomsen finishing 27th(1:17.64) and Manuel Osborne-Paradis posting a DNF.
Thursday’s 2nd-place run adds to what has been a tremendous season for Cook in 2014-15. He has posted four top-20 results, including a pair of 12th-place finishes. One of those 12th spots came at Beaver Creek in the World Cup Super-G in early December.
Cook, 25 year’s old, also finished 13th in the Super-G at Lake Louise and was 12th in the Super-G at Val Gardena/Groeden, Italy.
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships men’s Super-G (Canada’s placements)
Dustin Cook 1:15.79 (2nd)
Morgan Pridy 1:17.30 (22nd)
Benjamin Thomsen 1:17.64 (27th)
Manuel Osborne-Paradis (DNF)