The month of March always signifies the last full month of competition for our snow sport athletes. From the final alpine world cup races in France, to the end of the biathlon world cup season in Russia, to our cross country athletes wrapping up their season in Norway, it has been an exciting time for our fans. Fans across Canada had a blast cheering our athletes on down the homestretch and watching them #goforgold one last time.
During the month of March, biathlete Nathan Smith finished his breakout season by making history for Biathlon Canada. Coming off a strong February in which he had career best finishes of 5th and 7th, Smith went on to win the silver medal at the world championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, finish 5th in a sprint race in Russia, and then win gold in the pursuit race only a couple days later. These results represented a series of milestones both for Smith as an athlete, and for Biathlon Canada:
- First Canadian male to win a medal at the Biathlon World Championships
- Second Canadian male to win a biathlon world cup gold medal
- First Canadian male to win a both a world championship and world cup biathlon medal in the same season
With such a record-setting month, Nathan Smith is deservedly the Snow Sports Canada Athlete of the Month for March. Congratulations Nathan!
Nathan Smith wasn’t the only Snow Sports Canada athlete who truly owned the snow in March. In fact, during the last work cup stops many of our athletes rose to the challenge and put in some of their best performances of the season. We now would like to acknowledge the following athletes for their strong performances at their respective final world cup events of the 2015-’16 season:
- Taylor Henrich won her second bronze medal of the season at the final event in Norway
- Dustin Cook won the alpine super-g in Meribel, France to end a breakout season
- Chris Robanske finished the season on a high note, winning snowboard cross gold in Spain
- Cassie Sharpe & Mike Riddle both won gold at the final halfpipe event in Tignes, France
- Brady Leman stole silver at the last ski cross race of 2015 in Megeve, France
Congratulations to all of our athletes as they wrapped up the season in style and continued to show the world that when it comes to snow sports, no team is better than #TeamCanada