Valerie Grenier stormed down the course in St. Moritz to finish in 13th place in just her third-ever world cup start. Meanwhile, over in Austria Ben Thomsen was speeding down the downhill track at Kitzbühel at speeds of 135 kph on his way to a 17th place finish. This was the third consecutive year that Thomsen has cracked the top-20 at the infamous downhill race.
Taylor Henrich made history when she came third this weekend in a world cup ski jumping event in Oberstdorf, Germany. The first time a Canadian women has stood on the podium. At just 19 years of age, the Calgary, AB native is a rising star on the ski jumping world cup circuit and is helping to put Canadian women’s ski jumping on the map. Congratulations Taylor!
The X Games have come and gone in Aspen, but not before the Canadian ski and snowboard teams stole the show. Leading the way was Canada Snowboard athlete Mark McMorris, who took home double gold with wins in the big air and slopestyle events. Kevin Hill took the gold in SBX, while Simon D’Artois made history by winning the gold medal in the superpipe event, a first for Canada. Capping off the gold rush was Freestyle Ski Canada athlete Vincent Gagnier, with a gold medal in the ski big air event:
The medal haul wasn’t only gold, as Dominique Maltais continued the excellence in SBX with a silver medal of her own, while Maxence Parrot took silver in the men’s big air event behind countryman Mark McMorris. Canada was seeing bronze in the slopestyle, with Alex Bellemare taking bronze in the men’s ski slopestyle event, and Dara Howell getting a bronze of her own in the women’s ski slopestyle. Amazing results Team Canada!
The FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships have come to a close in Austria, but not before Canada added to its moguls and snowboard cross medal haul with a few silver medals this weekend in pipe, big air and snowboard cross. Cassie Sharpe won a silver medal in the ladies ski pipe event, while her brother Darcy won a snowboard big air silver medal. Overall, Canada won an incredible nine medals at the World Champs, good for third place overall and just two medals behind the USA for first. Go Canada Go!
Brian McKeever and guide Erik Carleton were crowned para-nordic world champs after winning the men’s visually impaired skate-ski race in Cable, Wisconsin. McKeever is the winner of 10 gold medals at the Paralympics in four trips, and has been dominant on the world stage since teaming up with his guide and Calgary, Alberta childhood friend, Carleton four years ago.