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Canada secures second gold medal in mixed relay at world U23 cross-country ski championships


Feb 11, 2024

Canada claimed a second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia, with Sunday’s victory in the mixed relay. Whitehorse’s Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet of Rossland, B.C., Mac Hollman of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Lilian Gagnon of Quebec City prevailed over runner-up France and bronze medallist Sweden in heavy rain.

Sonjaa Schmidt of Whitehorse became the first Canadian to win gold at the world under-23 championships Tuesday in the women’s sprint. Canada ranked sixth after the first two legs of Sunday’s 20k relay, but Hollman closed a 15-second gap on the front-runners to 2.2 seconds when he handed off to Gagnon for the anchor leg. Gagnon then made her move over the final 150 meters in a sprint to the line.

The Canadians edged the French by seven-tenths of a second and Sweden by eight-tenths of a second. “I’ve been wanting one of these for a while,” said Gagnon, who finished eighth behind her teammate Schmidt in the women’s sprint.

By Editor

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