November 29, 2022
  • November 29, 2022

Three Canadians win medals as Wintersports World Cup action resumes

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Three Canadians stepped onto the podium as the Winter Sports World Cup resumed this week.


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Freestyle skiers won two Big Air medals in Chur, Switzerland on Friday as Teal Harle of Campbell River, B.C. took silver in the men and Elena Gaskell of Vernon, B.C. , won bronze in women.

Harle completed a safety triple 1260 taken out of 1440 for 98 points. He was kicked from the top step of the podium by Austrian Matej Svancer, who scored 99 points. Birk Ruud of Norway was third at 97.25.

“I feel great. I learned this move last week and was hoping I could land it in this competition,” said Harle.

On the women’s side, Gaskell scored 91 points with her first jump of the final round – a 1080 organic mute jump – and held the lead until gold medalist Tess Ledeux of France scored 95.25 points. in the second set and Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland took the silver with 93.25.


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It was the fourth World Cup medal of Gaskell’s freestyle skiing career, which had derailed for 18 months after knee and wrist injuries required surgery.

“Getting back to competition and getting on the podium makes me really proud. I wasn’t expecting it, and it’s so motivating for the rest of the Olympic season.

Megan Oldham from Parry Sound, Ont. was eighth and Olivia Asselin of Lévis, Que. did not qualify for the qualifying heats. Max Moffatt of Caldeon, Ont. was fifth, Evan McEachran of Oakville, Ont. ninth and Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon, of Whitehorse, 20th in men’s.


Canada’s short track speed skaters emerged with a single medal from Saturday’s finals at the season’s inaugural World Cup in Beijing.


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Courtney Sarault of Moncton won a silver medal in the women’s 1,500 meters at Capital Indoor Stadium, which will be the Olympic site in February 2022. Sarault and her teammate Kim Boutin, of Sherbrooke, Que. advanced to the A final, but Boutin finished fifth after being pushed off the track by a skater who was penalized for the infraction.

“I really didn’t expect that today,” said Sarault. “During the warm-up I had a bit of trouble with my boots and my blades. I was going into the races with the intention of having fun, trying to make the B final and working on what I need to do tactically. I ended up with a silver medal so I’m proud to have overcome what I didn’t think I could and I’m excited for the next step.


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Sarault was passed by three Korean skaters on the last lap, then two of them crashed on the last corner and Sarault edged out American Kristen Santos by 0.009 seconds on the line. The gold went to Korean Yubin Lee.

Boutin had a rough day as she bounced back from the 500-meter quarter-finals with a double false start penalty.

The men’s team also had a disappointing start to the Olympic season as Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., And Steven Dubois, of Lachenaie, Que. finished in the 1,500-meter B final and Jordan Pierre-Gilles of Sherbrooke was the only Canadian to advance to the quarter-finals in the 500-meter, finishing ninth overall.

In the relay semifinals, the Canadians placed third and advanced to the B final while the men were penalized and did not advance.


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Val Grenier started the alpine ski season with a solid seventh place in the giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

Grenier, a 24-year-old from Ottawa, was 1.85 seconds behind gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, but just 0.55 seconds off a bronze medal.

Cassidy Gray of Squamish, BC and Britt Richardson of Calgary did not make it past the qualifying round.

The men’s race takes place on Sunday with Erik Read of Canmore, Alta., Trevor Philp of Calgary and Riley Seger of North Vancouver in action.


Nam Nguyen finished seventh in an 11-man field after the Skate America short program in Las Vegas, the first stop on the figure skating Grand Prix circuit.

Nguyen scored 74.32 points and was 20 points behind the pace set by US leader Vincent Zhou. Shoma Uno from Japan was second. The free skate goes Saturday night.


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The Canadian team of Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud finished eighth and last after the pairs short program.


And in the summer sports action, Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park, Alta. won Canada’s first medal at the World Track Cycling Championships in Roubaix, France on Saturday. She beat her teammate Lauriane Genest of Montreal in the bronze medal final in the women’s sprint.

“It was great to be back in the race and exciting to have Lauriane and I in the final,” said Mitchell. “It’s never ideal to race against each other, but she ran well and I was happy to take the bronze.

The women’s team pursuit team placed fourth, while Hugo Barrette finished ninth at the Men’s Keirin, his best result at a world championship.

Meanwhile, Molly Simpson from Red Deer, Alta. won a bronze medal at a BMX World Cup in Sakarya, Turkey.
“It was my first World Cup final and I finished third there, so I’m pretty happy,” said Simpson. “I only took one race at a time and kept it smooth and everything went well. It’s so awesome. I think I’ll have a piece of cake at home to celebrate once we get back to the hotel.
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