The son of one of Canada’s most famed alpine skiers, Crazy Canuck Ken Read, Erik Read achieved his own career highlight in his FIS World Championship debut in 2015. He was a member of the underdog Canadian squad that defeated some of the most skilled skiers in the world to win silver in the team event. As a developmental athlete, Read competed at the world junior championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In his last appearance, he posted a fifth-place finish in the combined. The following season, he finished first in the overall Nor-Am Cup standings. He re-claimed that title in 2015-16.
Read made his World Cup debut in January 2011 in Schladming, Switzerland. He earned his first World Cup points in December 2014 in the slalom in Are, Sweden. Although his career-best result is a sixth-place finish in the alpine combined in Santa Caterina, Italy in December 2016, he is even prouder of what he accomplished a month later in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Sitting 22nd after the first slalom run, he had such a good second run that he stood in the leader box as 15 more racers went, listening to the crowd of 100,000 people chant his name. He ended up in seventh place.
While representing the University of Denver, he won the slalom at the 2016 NCAA Championships, helping the Pioneers to their 23rd national team title.
A little more about Erik…
Getting into the Sport: Started skiing at age 2 and entered his first race at age 6… Outside Interests: Attended the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business… Enjoys hiking and mountain biking… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Thomas Grandi, the first Canadian man to win a World Cup giant slalom who also came from his home club… Has some favourite ski socks that he always wears on race day… His Olympic dream was first sparked when he heard that Vancouver won the bid to host the 2010 Winter Games; thought he could represent Canada at home, even though he was a little young to qualify; settled for watching on TV but the fire did not die… Favourite quote: “If you wish to make apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” – Carl Sagan…
Notable International Results
FIS World Championships: 2017 – 23rd (GS), DNF (SL), T-5th (team); 2015 – 24th (SL), 28th (GS), SILVER (team)