Canadian skier Jack Crawford edged Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by one-hundredth of a second to earn the gold medal in the men’s super-G at the world championships on Thursday.
Alexis Pinturault concluded 0.26 seconds behind to take bronze, two days after the Frenchman won the combined race at the worlds in his hometown of Courchevel Méribel.
Crawford was the next starter after Kilde, one of the pre-race favorites, had taken the lead in the race.
Crawford trailed the Norwegian halfway through his run but mastered the final section to win the race for Canada’s 11th men’s medal at world championships and fourth gold.
The last Canadian winner was Erik Guay, who won super-G gold six years ago.
“I definitely wasn’t expecting anything today,” Crawford said. “It was consistency from top to bottom. I pushed out of the gate with a very clear mindset on where I wanted to be, what I wanted to ski.”
It was Crawford’s second medal from major events after winning bronze in combined at last year’s Beijing Olympics.
He led the combined event at the 2021 worlds with the fastest time in the super-G but dropped to fourth after the slalom. He also was fourth in the Olympic downhill a year ago.
“It’s a childhood dream,” Crawford said of his win on Thursday.
Crawford has yet to earn a World Cup race but has three podium results, most recently at a downhill in Italy in December.