Crawford, 24, of Toronto, was in second place after the downhill portion of the event, which combines a downhill and a slalom run
BEIJING – Jack Crawford won the first medal for Canada in an Olympic alpine event in eight years with a surprise bronze in the men’s alpine combined at Yanqing Alpine Ski Centre.
Crawford, 24, of Toronto, was in second place after the downhill portion of the event, which combines a downhill and a slalom run. The speed specialist then posted an impressive 48.97 in the slalom run, just seven hundredths of a second behind the time of Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who had been first in the downhill.
Both skiers were passed by Austrian Johannes Strolz, who was fourth in the downhill and first in the slalom, for the gold medal. Kilde took the silver and Crawford hung on for bronze.
Crawford, officially listed as “James” but called Jack because that’s how his younger sister pronounced his name, was fourth in the men’s downhill and sixth in the Super-G in Beijing, the most impressive all-around performance by a Canadian alpine skier in ages.
“It was solid today,” Crawford said after his downhill run and before the slalom. “I tried to just do the same thing that I’ve been doing all week on the downhill track and it seems to have worked again. I seem to be getting into the flow on this track and it seems to suit my skiing style.”