The Canadian men’s speed team got off to an iron-strong start in the super-G at the skiing world championships on Thursday. Brodie Seger, of North Vancouver, B.C., finished a career-best fourth, inches off the podium.
Coming off shoulder surgery after a terrifying crash in Val d’sere, France, in late December, Seger led the strong charge from the young Canadian team, with Jack Crawford, of Toronto, and Jeff Read of Canmore, Alb., in 14th and 18th respectively.
“I’m incredibly fired up right now,” Seger said after the race. “This has been such a strange and difficult season dealing with my first real injury [at a time] when I felt like my skiing was in a really good spot … I pushed as hard as I could to get back for this event.”
The 25-year-old appears to be returning to elite form and putting aside shoulder injury concerns that slowed his hot start in the season’s first races. In his first race back in January, Seger yelled “we back baby” after finishing 21st in the super-G at Kitzbuehel, a mere 33 days after shoulder surgery — a further sign of growing confidence.
Seger said the team has done a good job coping with the delays this week due to heavy snowfall and unpredictable weather but are a confident group heading into the downhill.
“So far it seems like this hill is really fun,” Seger said, his time down the racetrack. “It’s a new hill for everyone so I’m just looking forward to seeing how it plays out, but I think it’s going to be really fun,” he said.
Under sunny skies, a clear track but with windy conditions, Seger’s late charge bolstered the Canadian team’s outlook and confidence.
“So far so good, I mean it was a strange first couple of days dealing with weather but we knew it was supposed to get colder and it was looking like we’d get some good weather,” he said.
The men’s downhill is scheduled for Sunday streaming live on CBC Sports in Canada beginning at 5:00 AM ET / 3:00 AM MT.