Veysonnaz, SUI (March 19, 2022) -- The Canadian Ski Cross team adds another Nations Cup to their extensive list of wins, and in doing so become the most successful ski cross team in the history of the sport; this year’s award marks their ninth total (2022, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009).
“The team has earned the right to finally celebrate their successes over past two years,” says head coach Stanley Hayer. “An Olympic medal, the overall globe and Nations Cup, and podiums at every World Cup. With the amazing staff and support from ACA and home, it feels good to be the best and always a threat, each and every day. We will be back for the next cycle, some old, some new but always Canadian.”
Marielle Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) took home another silver medal, her sixth podium of the season and placed 3rd overall in the standings. Hannah Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) was not far behind in 4th, joining Thompson in the big finals. Britt Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, QC) dominated the small finals, placing 5th. Teammate Brady Leman (Calgary, AB) book-ended his season with success, placing second in the first race of the season and finishing third in this final race. Kris Mahler (Calgary, AB) battled through to the small finals and finished 6th.
Next in the calendar is the Ski Cross World Junior Championships, taking place March 29-31 also in Veysonnaz SUI. Canada’s up-and-coming young talent will attempt to follow in the footsteps of the national team and cut their teeth on the international stage.
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