Calgary, Alta. (Dec. 17, 2019) – After two weekends that saw nine podiums for the Canadian Ski Cross Team, it was another big night under the lights and through the fire in Arosa, Switzerland. Kevin Drury (Toronto, ON) and Marielle Thompson (Whistler, BC) both stood atop the World Cup podium for the second time this season.
Thompson fought through tough quarter and semi finals and was in command for the big final. Thompson, who has raced in Arosa on three previous occasions, was able to use her experience racing at night to her advantage.
“I like racing at night. I’m a bit of a night owl so I feel like I come alive. I didn’t quite nail it in my first two runs but managed to pull my best start of the day in the finals, and just stay right behind Sandra and capitalize when she made a mistake. I’m really stoked, two wins in a row. It’s just awesome” Thompson said.
On the men’s side, Kevin Drury (Toronto, ON), who finished in 2nd in Arosa in 2017, followed up his win in Val Thorens with another win under the lights tonight. With his win Drury becomes the new Cross Alps Tour leader, and will start the next World Cup race with the red bib.
“The approach was to was pull as hard as you can out of the start, and that was working for me. So happy with my skiing today and hopefully I can carry it into next week. The lights were really good, you could see the definition in the snow,” said Drury after his win.
Kris Mahler (Canmore, AB) qualified for the small final and finished 6th overall. On the women’s side Brittany Phelan also qualified for the small final and finished in 8th spot.
India Sherret (Cranbrook, BC) finished in 10th, Zoe Chore (Cranbrook, BC) – 11th, Abby McEwen (Edmonton, AB) – 12th, Courtney Hoffos (Windermere, BC) – 17th,
Brady Leman (Calgary, AB) finished in 10th, Reece Howden (Calgary, AB) – 20th, Carson Cook (Edmonton, AB) – 35th, Zach Belczyk (Banff, AB) – 39th, Chris Del Bosco (Montreal, QC) – 49th.
The team looks to keep their winning ways going as the Cross Alps Tour continues Saturday from Innichen, Italy.
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