Calgary, AB (January 25, 2020) – Flying back to Europe on a high after a strong team finish at the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup in Nakiska, Alberta, the Canadian Ski Cross Team was ready for the first day of racing in Idre Fjall, Sweden. Brady Leman (Calgary, AB) followed up a 5th place finish in Nakiska with a 2nd place finish today. Britt Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, AB) who finished 2nd last weekend was on the podium once again in 3rd place. It was a great day for the Canadian team who has been on the podium at every World Cup stop this season.
Leman had to fight through tough heats against a familiar foe, teammate Kevin Drury (Toronto, ON) to make the big final. In the big final he almost squeaked out a win but was overtaken at the last second to finish in 2nd.
“I’m stoked to be on the podium but it’s a little bitter sweet getting passed at the finish line. It was a battle out there, super fast, really cool race, big jumps, crazy drafts, lots of passing, lots of jossleling, clean race. Nice to ski a race that gives you some adrenaline. It’s great to start feeling a bit like myself. I wasn’t feeling super strong in December and things were a little off but things are starting to come back together. I’ll be gunning for more tomorrow.”
Phelan, who came 2nd at this race last year, was happy with her race, “I love this track here and I knew there were going to be a lot of tactics that came into play. Happy with the day but wanting a little more.” said Phelan.
Marielle Thompson (Whistler, BC) finished just behind Phelan in 4th. Tour leader Kevin Drury finished in 8th. Abby McEwen (Edmonton, AB) equaled her result in Nakiska finished in 9th spot. Zach Belczyk (Banff, AB) finished in 39th, Kris Mahler (Canmore, AB) finished in 42nd and Chris Del Bosco finished in 47th.
The team will be back on the course tomorrow for the second day of World Cup competition from Sweden.
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