Canadian Ski Cross Medals in Sweden

Canadian skiers took home four medals in back to back events in Idre Fjall, Sweden this weekend. This keeps alive the Canadian team’s streak of podium finishes, doing so at every World Cup so far this season.

Kevin Drury and Marielle Thompson climbed the ski cross World Cup podium to claim their silver and bronze medals, respectively, during the events on Sunday.

It was a tight race to the finish, however, Kevin Drury earned the silver medal during the men’s ski cross event on Sunday. This comes after a second-place finish last weekend in Nakiska. Germany’s Daniel Bohnacker took home gold and Ryan Regez of Switzerland finished in third.

Kevin Drury put on quite the show in in the semis landed himself back on the podium and extending his overall World Cup lead. Here is a video of his insane heat in the semis.

On Saturday it was another two-medal day for Canada as Brady Leman claimed silver and Brittany Phelan collected a bronze.

Olympic champion Leman got himself back onto a World Cup podium for the first time in six races, having last won a bronze in Montafon, Austria in mid-December. In a tight final, Leman was in first place as the race neared its end, but was passed by Swiss Ryan Regez coming off the final jump into the finish. Frenchman François Place took the bronze.

“I’m stoked to be on the podium but it’s a little bitter sweet getting passed at the finish line,” Leman told Alpine Canada. “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.”

The women’s Big Final featured two Canadians, Phelan and Marielle Thompson. It was Thompson who was battling for the lead in the first half of the race before she fell to the back of the pack. Swiss Fanny Smith took the victory in her 100th World Cup start while Swedish home favourite Sandra Naeslund claimed the silver and Phelan came through for bronze in a close finish.

This is Phelan’s third World Cup podium of the season and her second in as many weeks, following a silver last week on home snow in Nakiska.

The FIS World Cup tour continues next weekend in France. Todays crazy canucks will surely keep the medals coming!