Canada won its second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia on Sunday. The team, consisting of Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman, and Lilian Gagnon, celebrated their victory over runner-up France and Sweden, who took the bronze medal.
Gagnon made her move over the final 150 metres in a sprint to the line. Canada edged the French by seven-tenths of a second and Sweden by eight-tenths. Sonjaa Schmidt of Whitehorse became the first Canadian to win gold at the world under-23 championships Tuesday in the women’s sprint. This second gold medal win comes after Schmidt’s victory.
Whitehorse’s Derek Deuling and Rossland’s Jasmine Drolet were part of Canada’s mixed relay team that prevailed in heavy rain over France and bronze medallist Sweden on Sunday at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia. The team ranked sixth after the first two legs but came back strong to take home gold over France and Sweden. Hollman closed a 15-second gap on the front runners to just 2.2 seconds when he handed off to Gagnon for the anchor leg. Gagnon made her move with a sprint finish to take Canada’s lead over France by just seven tenths of a second and eight tenths ahead of Sweden who finished in third place.