Canadians win four medals at World Cup ski cross event in Italy

Marielle Thompson (Robert Thivierge, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada won four medals this past weekend at a World Cup ski cross event in Alleghe, Italy. On Friday, India Sherret of Cranbrook, British Columbia won the gold medal in the women’s event. Then on Saturday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Marielle Thompson of North Vancouver, British Columbia won the gold medal in the women’s event with Canadian Olympic silver medalist Brittany Phelan of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec winning silver. Also on Saturday, Reece Howden of Chilliwack, British Columbia won gold in the men’s event.

Sherret placed ahead of silver medalist Saskja Lack of Switzerland and bronze medalist Talina Ganteinbein of Switzerland. Sherret won the fourth quarterfinal heat and second semifinal heat. For Sherret it was her third World Cup medal and first World Cup gold medal. She previously finished third in Idre Fjall, Sweden on January 13, 2018 and in Val Thorens, France on December 6, 2019.

Thompson, who won the gold medal in women’s ski cross at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and Phelan, who won the silver medal in women’s ski cross at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, both placed ahead of bronze medalist Marielle Berger Sabbatel of France on Saturday. Thompson and Phelan won both of their quarterfinal heats and were both second in their semifinal heats. Thompson was behind Berger Sabbatel, and Phelan was behind Canadian Hannah Schmidt of Ottawa. Ontario. Thompson has now won 63 World Cup medals (27 gold medals, 23 silver medals, and 13 bronze medals). Phelan has now won 15 World Cup medals (seven silver medals and eight bronze medals).

Howden placed in front of silver medalist Florian Wilmsmann of Germany and bronze medalist Johannes Aujesky of Austria. Howden won his first round heat, was second to Alex Fiva of Switzerland in the quarterfinal heat, and won the first semifinal heat. Howden has now won 19 World Cup medals (11 gold medals, six silver medals and two bronze medals).

In the Women’s World Cup ski cross standings, Thompson is in second place with 612 points, Phelan is in fourth place with 474 points, and Sherret is in 10th place with 305 points. The World Cup leader is Schmidt with 615 points. In the World Cup men’s ski cross standings, Howden leads with 476 points. Fiva is second with 411 points. The World Cup medals for Thompson, Howden, Phelan and Sherret will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo.

 

 

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