CANADA SKI CROSS WINS THE 2015-16 NATIONS CUP
Alpine Canada – Calgary, Alta. (March 4, 2016) – In Arosa, Switzerland for the ski cross World Cup Finals, the Canada Ski Cross Team captures two more World Cup podium finishes, clinching the coveted Nations Cup. Whistler, B.C.’s Marielle Thompson shows her dominance on the circuit once again finishing with a second-place result, making this her sixth podium of the season and second second-place finish. Chris Del Bosco from Montreal, Que., finds redemption after last weekend’s knockout to claim a third-place finish on the men’s side. This is Del Bosco’s fifth World Cup podium this season.
Thompson and Del Bosco’s consistency throughout the season helped to cinch the Nations Cup for Canada, an award given to the country with the most World Cup points at the end of the season.
“The Nations Cup represents the collective efforts of our athletes and staff over the entire competitive season. It is a reflection of the planning, training, hard work and dedication of our athletes and entire staff. Stanley Hayer, head coach and leader of this team, needs to be recognized for his exceptional efforts this year along with his full-time travelling staff,” said Willy Raine, Ski Cross Athletic Director, Alpine Canada Alpin. “We are fortunate to have strong support for our program from Sponsors, Sport Canada, Own the Podium and Canadian Sport Institutes. Their contributions are crucial for the success of our program. I hope this Nations Cup is able to inspire ski clubs, ski resorts, athletes, coaches, parents and our provincial ski racing partners to continue their efforts in promoting the sport of ski cross at the grass roots level. We are winning at the elite international level but need to continue to focus on the growth of the sport in Canada so our success will be sustainable. I am excited to hoist the cup and enjoy the taste of victory!”
The season’s overall champion, Sweden’s Anna Holmlund, took first-place in today’s race and France’s Alizee Baron rounded out the podium on the ladies’ side, finishing in third-place.
Russia’s Semen Denshchikov took the top spot in today’s race with Sweden’s Victor Oehling Norberg finishing in second-place just ahead of Del Bosco.
Kelowna, B.C.’s Kelsey Serwa, Toronto, Ont.’s Kevin Drury and Louis-Pierre Hélie from Berthierville, Que., all finished today’s race with spots in the top eight. Serwa and Drury took fifth-place, the top spot in the small final, and Hélie finished right behind Drury in sixth-place.
The overall ski cross Crystal Globes will go to Sweden’s Anna Holmlund and France’s Jean Frederic Chapuis.
The Canada Ski Cross Team heads to Smithers, B.C. to end the season with the 2016 Sport Chek Canadian Championships. Stay tuned for a full season recap in the coming days.
Ladies’ Ski Cross
2 – Marielle Thompson
5 – Kelsey Serwa
Men’s Ski Cross
3 – Chris Del Bosco
5 – Kevin Drury
6 – Louis-Pier Hélie
30 – Ian Deans
53 – Matt Brady
For official men’s results click here.
For official ladies’ results click here.
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