North Vancouver’s Brodie Seger scored the biggest result of his young World Cup ski racing career Friday, finishing 16th at Austria’s famous Kitzbuehel downhill.
Italy’s Dominik Paris won the race while Invermere’s Ben Thomsen was the top Canadian, finishing sixth.
The 23-year-old Seger wasn’t too far behind on the legendary (and treacherous) Streif course, finishing 1.55 seconds behind the winner and placing 16th overall despite starting in the third wave as the 44th skier down the mountain. It was his first-ever finish inside the top-30 at a World Cup race.
“That course is a wild ride and I’m really happy with the way I fought my way down,” Seger said in an Alpine Canada release. “I knew right away I made a mistake in the middle section, but I kept pushing and I couldn’t be more excited about getting my first World Cup points on this legendary hill.”
Kitzbuehel is known by many as the wildest and most challenging downhill ski race in the world. Earlier this week Seger posted a video of one of his training runs that featured him brushing up against the safety netting at high speed. The video, posted below, is best appreciated with the sound turned on.
Next up is a World Cup Super G at Kitzbuehel on Sunday followed by a trip to another famed European course at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Germany Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Click here for a feature on Seger and other young North Shore skiers racing their way into the international spotlight.