April 15, 2016
However, not to be forgotten in Canada’s collection of non-national team success stories is 24-year-old Erik Read, formerly of the Banff Alpine Racers and Alberta Ski Team, who laid down the best results of his career one year after getting cut from the Canadian program.
Not only did he record the first world cup points of his young career, he also captured an NCAA title.
“It was tough being dropped from the Canadian team. I still feel like I moved forward. I knew I could keep building if I had the proper support,” he said.
He sat down with his father, Canadian ski legend Ken Read, and formulated a plan for the upcoming season, building on a schedule he received from the University of Denver. As one of a growing number of Canadians to take the NCAA route to the world cup, Read had to balance studying with his ski career, which required a great deal of planning. He had to take care of his own itinerary, ski tuning and other trials of the road. Read more