Canadian Ski Cross athletes Podium

The Canadian Ski Cross team members Reece Howden and Marielle Thompson podiumed at Idre Fjäll, Sweden this weekend.

Howden made it back-to-back ski cross victories on the World Cup Tour in Sunday’s big final.

The 22-year-old from Cultus Lake, B.C., was back to his usual self, leading from start to finish after choosing to sit back and charge late in Saturday’s win.

“The draft wasn’t as big of an issue today so as I got into the start gate one of my coaches said, ‘100 percent from top to bottom,'” the six-foot-plus Howden told Alpine Canada of his third win in four races. “I skied as fast as I could today [and] it worked out. I’m so happy, this is unbelievable.

“I’ll keep trying my best. I’m super proud of these last few races, so I’ll try to carry it through the rest of the season, stay safe, stay injury-free, and keep it going.”

Watch one veteran Jonas Lenherr, one World Cup leader Reece Howden Racing and two rookies with Niklas Bachsleitner and Simone Deromedis make for one seriously thrilling men’s big final today in Idrefjäll.

Howden’s Canadian teammate, Marielle Thompson reached the podium for a fifth time this season, placing third in the women’s race.

The Whistler, B.C., skier fought poor visibility as blowing snow made conditions tough on the lower part of the track.

“I’m a lot happier with how I skied today,” the 28-year-old Thompson said. “I think I brought some good skiing to each heat and I’m happy to land on the podium.”

Watch Fanny Smith taking her historical 27th World Cup win in Idrefjäll and breaking the all-time record ahead of Saturday’s winner Alizé Baron / SkiCross and Marielle Thompson.

Congratulations to Reece Howden and Marielle Thompson!

Source: CBC