Canadians Win Overall Titles
Calgary, Alta. (March 31, 2017) – Canadians dominated the Nor-Am circuit this year, winning men’s and ladies’ overall titles and making up the majority of the top-ten spots. Kevin MacDonald and India Sherret secured the overall titles for the men’s and ladies’ ski cross Nor-Am Cup circuit.
Men’s Overall Podium
1 – Kevin MacDonald (Alberta Ski Cross) *World Cup spot
2 – Reece Howden (Okanagan Ski Club)
3 – Trent McCarthy (Alberta Ski Cross)
Ladies’ Overall Podium
1 – India Sherret (Kimberley Ski Club) *World Cup spot
2 – Zoe Chore (Kimberley Ski Club)
3 – Tiana Gairns (Prince George Ski Club)
From January through March, the ski cross Nor-Am Cup circuit stopped in Solitude Mountain Resort (USA), Sunday River Resort (USA), Ski Cooper (USA) and Blue Mountain (CAN). Canada Ski Cross Team World Cup athletes and next gen athletes demonstrated why Canada secured the Nations Cup overall trophy for the second year in a row as the team dominated the podium in all the races.
There were nine different Canadian winners and of 66 potential medals, Canada won 54. Kevin MacDonald secured eight podiums and India Sherret walked away with seven.
Below are event highlights.
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SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT
The Canadians swept the ladies’ podium with 2017 Crystal Globe winner Marielle Thompson (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) taking the top spot. Canada Ski Cross next gen athlete, Brittany Phelan (Club de Ski Mont-Tremblant) finished in second-place and Canada next gen athlete, India Sherret, rounded out the podium in third-place.
On the men’s podium, Canadian athletes finished first and third. Canada Ski Cross athletes, David Duncan (National Ski Academy), took first-place and Brady Leman (Calgary Alpine Racing Club) finished in third-place. Chris Del Bosco (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail), also a member of Canada Ski Cross, won the small finial to finish in fifth-place.
In Sunday River the team raced two ski cross races and Canadians dominated the podium again. Tiana Gairns (Prince George Ski Club) went two-for-two in wins. Zoe Chore (Kimberley Ski Club) was able to land a podium finish in the first race finishing in second-place. Canadian Mara Bishop (Sunshine) took third-place on the second day of racing.
On the men’s podium, Kevin MacDonald (Alberta Ski Cross) took the win on the first day, followed by teammate Reece Howden (Okanagan Ski Club) in second-place. On the second day of racing, Howden took the top spot and MacDonald finished in second-place.
In Ski Cooper, India Sherret continued her winning streak taking the win on both days of races. It was a Canadian sweep for the ladies in both days of racing. In the first race Zoe Chore took second-place and Tiana Gairns finished in third-place. On day two, Gairns took second-place and Chore took third-place.
The Canadian men continue to prove they’re a force on the ski cross Nor-Am Cup circuit. On day one, Kevin MacDonald finished in first-place and Trent McCarthy (Alberta Ski Cross) landed just behind him in second-place. Jason Oliemans (Smithers Ski Club) also raced in the big final and finished in fourth-place. Reece Howden won the small final to finish in fifth-place.
On the second day of racing it was a Canadian men’s sweep. Howden made a leap and finished in first-place, MacDonald finished in second-place and McCarthy finished in third-place.
Following the World Cup Finals in the Blue Mountain, the resort hosted two days of ski cross races. Marielle Thompson took the win on the first day of racing and teammate Brittany Phelan took second-place. On the second day, Tiana Gairns and India Sherret finished in second and third-place respectively.
On the men’s side, Zach Belczyk (Alberta Ski Cross) finished in the third-place, with Americans taking the top two spots. On the second day of racing, Canada found redemption with Canada Ski Cross athlete Mathieu Leduc (Mount Washington Ski Club) finishing in first-place and Ian Deans (Big White Racers) in third-place.
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