Calgary, Alta. (March 8, 2017) –Blue Mountain (CAN) played host to the 2017 Sport Chek Canadian Championship ski cross race today. With many members of the Canada Ski Cross national team sticking around after the Audi FIS World Cup Finals held on Sunday, the ladies’ and men’s podiums went 1-2-3 with Canada Ski Cross members.
The 2017 Crystal Globe winner, Marielle Thompson, unsurprisingly claimed the Canadian Championship title on the ladies’ side, claiming her fifth Canadian Championship title. She was joined by Britt Phelan who finished in second-place after qualifying for her first big final over the weekend in the Audi FIS World Cup Final race. Next Gen Canada Ski Cross athlete, India Sherret, rounded out the ladies podium. Sherret has also earned herself a ticket to the ski cross World Championships held this weekend in Sierra Nevada (SPA).
“It was a battle to get all the way through the rounds,” said Thompson. “I was behind Britt heading into the final turn in the finals. I managed to press the jump a little better than she did and came in with a draft and caught her at the line for an exciting finish. We had some really tough conditions at Blue Mountain today but the volunteers did a really great job to make sure we had a race.”
On the men’s side, Alberta’s Zach Belczyk skied to his first Canadian Championship title today. The 20-year-old has four World Cup starts under his belt and is continue to make gains on the circuit.
“It feels pretty great to capture the title today,” said Belczyk. “I was really focusing on nailing the start and getting over it as cleanly as possible. It was important to stay on the line today with the deteriorating course but I’m happy to be top Canadian today.”
Joining Belczyk on the podium was Mathieu Leduc in second-place and Chris Del Bosco rounded out the podium in third-place.
On behalf of Alpine Canada, thank you to the tireless crew of volunteers, the support of WSEG and Chris Robinson and the Black Ops Blue Mountain crew. Thank you to World Cup Supply for providing the panels and gates.
1 – Marielle Thompson
2 – Britt Phelan
3 – India Sherret
1 – Zach Belczyk
2 – Mathieu Leduc
3 – Chris Del Bosco
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