Schmidt and Howden of Canada Dominate FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Nakiska – Alpine Canada News

Alpine Canada | News | Canada’s Schmidt and Howden Top Podium at FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Nakiska

“Canada Shines at FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Nakiska, Alberta

The FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Nakiska, Alberta, had Canada celebrating as Hannah Schmidt from Ottawa, ON, won the women’s race and Reece Howden from Chilliwack, BC, took the men’s race. This marks the first time Canada has claimed victory on both podiums at a World Cup ski cross race in Nakiska after nine attempts. Marielle Thompson from Whistler, BC, also finished second in the women’s race, securing three of the six podium positions for Canada.

Hannah Schmidt’s Victory

Hannah Schmidt’s win at Nakiska was her second win this season and third podium finish, solidifying her top five finishes at all three races this season. With today’s result, she moved into fourth place in the season standings. Schmidt expressed her excitement at coming down with the home crowd cheering and mentioned that there’s nothing like it in the world. She also made a special mention of her battle with Marielle Thompson in the semis and finals, expressing her delight in standing on the podium with her compatriot.

Reece Howden’s Triumph

Reece Howden celebrated his first win of the season with his third career World Cup win in Canada and the tenth World Cup win of his career. Currently sitting third in the season standings, Howden has successfully narrowed the gap on the leader Jared Schmidt, who placed 18th on this day. Howden expressed that while the start of the season had some ups and downs, he always felt that the foundation was there, and today was the day. He also emphasized the importance of the win, mentioning that it was more than just his success – it was shared with all the volunteers who worked tirelessly and being able to perform in front of family and friends was very rewarding.

Women’s and Men’s Performance

The Canadian women also performed exceptionally well, with four of them taking four of the top eight spots on this day. On the men’s side, Kevin Drury placed 17th, Jared Schmidt 18th, and Carson Cook 28th.

What’s Next

The Ski cross tournament in Nakiska will be wrapping up on Sunday, and other races are scheduled soon. The men’s alpine race SL is set to take place in Kitzbühel (AUT), and the women’s alpine race SL in Jasna on January 21. Additionally, para-alpine races are scheduled in Veysonnaz (SUI) from January 22 to 25, while the men’s alpine race two SG’s will be held in Garmish-Partenkirchen (GER) on January 27 and 29.


This victory for Canada at the FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Nakiska, Alberta, marks a pivotal moment in the country’s ski cross racing history. With athletes like Hannah Schmidt, Reece Howden, and Marielle Thompson leading the way, the Canadian ski team’s future looks bright. As the season progresses, it will be exciting to see how Canada’s skiing stars continue to shine on the world stage.”



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