Arosa, SUI (December 15, 2021) - The Arosa night races finished on a strong note for Team Canada with the maple leaf racing under the lights in both the big and small finals.
Fighting through tough competition and racing in back-to-back events with multiple heats Tuesday and Wednesday, Reece Howden and Zoe Chore blasted their way onto the podium in 2nd place while Kevin Drury and India Sherret battled hard to finish 6th. The medal is also Zoe’s second in two days, adding to her third-place finish in yesterday’s individual event.
“I’m really coming off of the high from yesterday and using that again. Reece made a nice cushion for me in each run and it seemed to work out well for us,” Zoe says.
“It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed racing the short track. I was super happy with my skiing and Zoe was really strong out there, on the podium in two races, it’s sick,” says Reece.
Reece, last season’s Crystal Globe overall winner, is the first to admit that his start to the season has been slow but landing on the podium today is the result of continued hard work and perseverance.
The team event, which was added to the World Cup circuit only last season, sees mixed teams race in heats, with the women leaving the gates staggered based on the results of their male partner from the first run. Last season Canada was also on the team event podium, with Chris Del Bosco and Courtney Hoffos taking home 2nd in the inaugural race in Georgia in February of this year. Canada’s strength shows across all ski cross events.
“The starts were getting better today, I haven’t had a lot of time on snow yet this year,” says Kevin, who is returning to the team from an injury sustained last December.
“I’m really stoked to get more time skiing on the track,” adds India. “It was a different energy and environment in the team event.”
There is one remaining race in the 2021 calendar year before the team breaks for the holidays; Team Canada will be back in action in Innichen, ITA December 18-20.
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