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Nathan Smith

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!

Notable Performances

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

 

Riddle & Sharpe

Double Halfpipe Gold in France

Cassie Sharpe and Mike Riddle both won gold in the final FIS world cup halfpipe event of the season in Tignes, France late last week. For Sharpe, it was her first world cup victory, and came against a field stacked with X Games and Olympic medalists. The gold medal for Riddle was the first time he has stood on the FIS podium since winning the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Gagnon Just Off the Podium

Finishing 14th after the first run, Marie-Michele Gagnon put down the third-fastest second run of the day to move up to a 5th place final result. Just 15 hundredths of a second off the podium, it was another strong result for the Alpine Canada athlete who has five top-10 finishes on the season.

Henrich Finishes Breakout Season on a High Note

Taylor Henrich has had a historic season for Ski Jumping Canada, landing the first Canadian women’s ski jumping world cup podium earlier this year, followed by an impressive fifth place result at the World Championships in Falun, Sweden. At the final world cup event of the year, Henrich capped off a record-setting season for Ski Jumping Canada by securing her second bronze medal of the season, finishing third in Norway.

Maltais & Hill Dominate in Veysonnaz

Two-time Olympian Dominique Maltais and 2015 World Championships silver-medallist Kevin Hill were dominant at the two snowboard cross races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland over the weekend. Maltais finished 4th and 1st, respectively, in the two races, while Hill took home two medals, winning bronze in both races on Saturday and Sunday.

Moguls Women Lead the Charge in Final Event of the Season

In the last event of what has been a truly remarkable and historic season for Canada’s moguls’ team, the women put on a dominating performance in Megeve, France, finishing with five athletes in the top six. Only the gold medal was to be missed by the female Canadian contingent this day.

Canada led the way with end-of-season awards, with Mikael Kingsbury taking his fourth consecutive crystal globe as the overall points leader, Philippe Marquis finishing third overall, and Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe taking second and third overall, respectively, to conclude the season. Canada was also named the Nations Cup winner, as the leading moguls’ nation on the season.

Leman Pulls Off Slick Move to Steal Silver

In only his second podium of the season, Brady Leman pulled off a gutsy move two thirds of the way down the race course in Megeve, France to move from fourth to second in the final world cup race of the season. A strong podium finish to the season for an athlete that had five top-ten performances on the world cup circuit.

 

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Dustin Cook Becomes the Eighth Member of the Canadian Cowboys

After posting four top-20 results so far this season, you could tell that something great was bound to happen for Dustin Cook soon. That something occurred this past Thursday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek when Cook secured a silver medal in the super-g race. With his first podium result at a world cup or world championships, Cook will officially be able to call himself a Canadian Cowboy, and joins an illustrious group that includes Erik Guay, John Kuchera, Francois Bourque, Benjamin Thomsen, Jan Hudec, Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis. Congratulations Dustin!

 

Kingsbury Rules the Podium in Val Saint-Côme

Mikaël Kingsbury has now won 26 world cup titles, but going into this weekend he had never won a world cup single mogul event in his home province of Quebec. That all changed when Kingsbury beat out Australian Matt Graham to take home the gold at a world cup event in Val Saint-Côme over the weekend. On the women’s side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Audrey Robichaud took home silver and bronze, respectively, en route to helping the Canadian team secure three out of six podium spots at the event.

 

Nathan Green Inches Closer To The Podium With Clean Shooting

Biathlon Canada’s Nathan Green had the best weekend of his young career, finishing 7th and 5th in world cup events in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic over the weekend. Behind some strong shooting, which saw Green shoot clean in back-to-back events, the young 2014 Olympian posted career best results, and proved that he is a podium threat on a Canadian team brimming with young talent.

 

Chris Del Bosco Leads Canada’s Ski Cross Team in Switzerland

The Alpine Canada Ski Cross Team went 1-2 in the men’s small final on back-to-back days in Arosa, Switzerland this past weekend, led by strong results from Olympian Chris Del Bosco. Tristan Tafel won the small final on Friday to finish fifth, while Del Bosco was right behind him in sixth. On Saturday it was Del Bosco’s time to lead, winning the small final ahead of teammate Brady Leman to help Canada secure fifth and sixth place finishes once again. With the strong weekend results, Del Bosco now moves into 10th place in the overall world cup standings, while Leman leads the way for Alpine Canada in 7th place overall.