Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Austria Takes Gold at Nations Team Event in Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

Yesterday, at Vail’s Golden Peak the Austrians won the gold and the Canadians took their second medal of the Championships. The Swedes, led by Mattias Hargin and Maria Pietilae-Holmner took a bronze medal after eliminating the Swiss in the small final.
Austria is the only nation to have won a medal in all five nations team events.
The winning foursome of Marcel Hirscher, Eva-Maria Brem, Michaela Kirchgasser and Christoph Noesig beats the Canadians led by a fiery Erin Mielzynski and Phil Brown, both of whom represented the team two years ago in Schladming. Trevor Philp and Candace Crawford rounded out the four-racer team for Canada.
"It was just a perfect day for us. Yeah, everybody was expecting us to get the gold medal, but it’s not that easy to really get it and we had a great day and it was a lot of fun. I am very happy with our gold medal", said Brem.
The Canadians were thrilled with the result. "It feels really good", said Mielzynski. "We have two people from the same team last time, and we kind of came back with a little revenge. This time we knew we could get a medal. Last time we were surprised we got through the first round. This time we knew we could do it, but I think we were most scared about going against Germany in the first round".
"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".
The team event has been a staple of the World Championships since 2005. The competition has been held in a knockout format during the last two World Championships.
The team event has become a highlight of the spectator’s World Championships. The race is a dual paralel slalom with pro jumps—pitting a racer from one country against another. With times coming in between 22 and 24 seconds, athletes squeaked out wins by hundredths of a second. The discipline may even become an Olympic event, with the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach hinting that he had been discussing the team event with FIS.

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