Hannah Schmidt of Ottawa secures second ski cross gold medal

Ottawa's Hannah Schmidt wins second gold in ski cross

“Canadian Hannah Schmidt achieved a rare feat, securing back-to-back World Cup ski cross wins at Alberta’s Nakiska Ski Resort. Schmidt’s powerful starts and strong racing skills propelled her to victory, leaving her feeling speechless and surprised at her own success. With these wins, she leaped into second place in the season’s overall women’s World Cup standings, trailing behind Marielle Berger Sabbatel.

The Frenchwoman finished second behind Schmidt, while Britt Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., earned third place. Unfortunately, reigning Olympic and world champion Sandra Naeslund of Sweden didn’t race Sunday, affecting her position in the season’s rankings.

Despite host team’s strong performance, Canadian men faced a disappointing Sunday, failing to make the final four. Hannah’s brother Jared maintained his lead in the men’s overall standings, but was eliminated in the quarterfinal after a crash with teammate Carson Cook. But on the women’s side, Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C. secured second place behind Schmidt in the women’s final.

Overall, there were aggressive races, bumps, and spills, making for an intense and unpredictable weekend of competition. But as Canadian coach Stan Hayer pointed out, despite the chaotic energy of home events, the team walked away with a total of five podiums.

Schmidt’s remarkable performance and the overall success of the Canadian ski cross team has set the stage for an exciting and competitive season ahead. The triumphs and challenges of this weekend will undoubtedly fuel the athletes as they head to St. Moritz, Switzerland for the next leg of the World Cup. While there is much anticipation for the upcoming races, one thing is certain – the world of ski cross is always full of surprises and inspiring moments.”



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