Alpine Canada: Cook Lands on the Podium in Kvitfjell

This article was originally published on the Alpine Canada website.

Another Super-G and another podium finish for Canada’s Dustin Cook.

The Ottawa, ON native, who won the silver medal in the Super-G at the recent World Championship, raced down the course in a time of 1:37.77 on Sunday to claim 3rd place in the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup race of the weekend.

It is Cook’s first-ever podium finish on the World Cup circuit and adds to what has been a phenomenal season for the 25-year-old.

“It’s really nice to confirm what happened at world champs, that I’m not a one-hit wonder,” said Cook with a bit of a laugh. “Not that I thought I was. But I’m just super happy.”

Cook has been a model of consistency this season, especially when it comes to Super-G. He claimed 1st and 2nd place in his first two Super-G races of the season (as part of the FIS Race circuit) and then moved on to the World Cup stage. 

Cook was 13th in the first World Cup Super-G of 2014-15 (Lake Louise), then was 12th in both Beaver Creek and Val Gardena/Groeden before the new year.

In January, Cook was 19th in Kitbühel and February was highlighted by Cook’s incredible 2nd-place finish at the World Championship in Beaver Creek. Put it all together, and Cook has five top-20 results in the Super-G on the World Cup circuit, plus his World Championships silver medal.

On Sunday, Cook and the rest of the field battled some tough conditions.

“The track was pretty soft. It was bumpy and rattly and getting warm,” said Cook. “It was tough, spring-like conditions.

“My run was good. It was good skiing and I’m super psyched.”

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won the Super-G in a time of 1:37.44 and Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr was 2nd (1:37.68)

Manuel Osborne-Paradis (North Vancouver, BC), fresh off his 2nd-place finish in Saturday’s Downhill, finished 18th on Sunday (1:39.21). Benjamin Thomsen (Invermere, BC) was 31st (1:40.01) and Morgan Pridy (Whistler, BC) and Broderick Thompson (Whistler, BC) did not finish.

Kvitfjell, NOR men’s Super-G (Canada’s placements)

Dustin Cook 1:37.77 (3rd)

Manuel Osborne-Paradis 1:39.21 (18th)

Benjamin Thomsen 1:40.01 (31st)

Morgan Pridy (DNF)

Broderick Thompson (DNF)


Meanwhile, in the ladies’ Super-G at Garmisch Partenkirchen, Larisa Yurkiw (Owen Sound, ON) finished 30th in 1:19.44. She was Canada’s lone competitor in the race that was won by American Lindsey Vonn (1:16.65).

Garmisch Partenkirchen, GER ladies’ Super-G (Canada’s placements)

Larisa Yurkiw 1:19.44 (30th)

World Cup racing continues next weekend, with the men in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and the ladies in Are, Sweden.