It was another big weekend for Canadian winter athletes taking part in international competition in the lead up to Sochi 2014. Let’s get right to it.
Gagnon makes history
In one of five gold medal winning performances from Canadians on the weekend,Marie-Michèle Gagnon made history in Austria when she won World Cup gold in a super-combined event, becoming the first Canadian skier ever to do so.
Gagnon was 16th after the super giant slalom portion but more than made up for it in the slalom run to finish ahead of Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.
Dorey takes overall title, Riddle finds podium twice
In Breckenridge, Colorado, freestyle halfpipe skier Justin Dorey finished sixth in the men’s event over the weekend, but earned enough points to secure the title of FIS World Cup Champion for 2013/14.
In the same race Mike Riddle secured a silver medal. He landed another podium place, this time alongside Dorey, for finishing third overall in the halfpipe this season.
Bilodeau & Kingsbury trade wins
Freestyle moguls skiers Mikael Kingsbury and Alex Bilodeau took turns winning two World Cup events in Deer Valley, Utah over the weekend.
On Thursday, Canada swept the podium with Kingsbury leading Bilodeau and Marc-Antoine Gagnon in the men’s event. That same night Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was second and her sister Justine was third in the women’s moguls.
In the second event on Saturday, Bilodeau beat Kingsbury for a 1-2 Canadian punch in the men’s race, and a different Dufour-Lapointe – Maxime – was third among women. It was her first World Cup podium.
Double podium for dominant Dominique
Maltais is the overall standings leader going into a nearly two-month break in the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup.
By the way, 7 podiums in a row on my last 7 WC : 3 wins and 4 seconds place!!—
Dominique Maltais (@DodoMaltais) January 13, 2014
Sliding success in St. Moritz
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse showed the bobsleigh world that they are poised to defend their Olympic title in Sochi. The duo were in 10th place following their opening run in St. Moritz, but a strong push in the second outing took them to the top for World Cup gold.
In skeleton, John Fairbairn won a bronze medal on Sunday – his first career World Cup podium finish – after sliding to sixth place two days earlier.
3rd place and first ever podium in St. Moritz! Can't think of a better place to do it!—
John Fairbairn (@JohnnyFairbairn) January 12, 2014