India Sherret of Cranbrook, British Columbia won her first World Cup medal of her career in the women’s ski cross on Saturday from Idre Fjall, Sweden. The 21 year-old placed third behind Swedish gold medalist Sandra Naeslund and French silver medalist Marielle Berger Sabbatel.
Sherret’s previous best World Cup finish was an eighth place in Val Thorens, France on December 7, 2017. This is her second year on the World Cup circuit.
Sherret now moves into 10th place in the World Cup standings with 152 points. Naeslund leads with 520 points.
With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang a month away, the real question now is will Marielle Thompson be ready? The reigning Olympic gold medalist in women’s ski cross from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Thompson tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training camp in Saas Fee, Switzerland in October. Don’t be surprised if Thompson’s health will impact whether or not Sherret is on the Olympic team. There are three other Canadian women in the top 10 in the World Cup standings. Georgia Simmerling of Vancouver is third, Brittany Phelan of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec is fifth and Canadian Olympic silver medalist Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, British Columbia is seventh.
This past month it was announced that Thompson is being inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in Vancouver in 2018. She will be inducted alongside the 1991 Canadian national rugby team, former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher Ryan Dempster, former Vancouver Canucks center Cliff Ronning and sports writer Tony Gallagher.