Those sports that had yet to go on winter break provided the international entertainment this past weekend, with Canadians – as they do – finding themselves on podiums.
Olympic skier Larisa Yurkiw took third place at Val d’Isere, France in a women’s FIS World Cup downhill, her second time on the podium this calendar year and first for a Canadian in the 2015-16 season.
Chris Del Bosco’s three-race FIS ski cross World Cup podium streak ended in Innichen, Italy over the weekend, where other Canadians found a silver lining.
Brady Leman was second in the men’s race on Saturday in the first of two World Cup finals. The next day, Olympic silver medallist Kelsey Serwa (who took last season off) returned to the spotlight finishing second in the final women’s competition before the calendar turns.
Some athletes enjoyed warmer climates than others this weekend, specifically those on the national women’s soccer team. At an invitational tournament in the northeastern Brazilian town of Natal, Canada was unable to tame the host country, but head coach John Herdman got a look some young players he may be considering for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic qualifications in women’s football.
The team’s most famous player, Christine Sinclar, tied Mia Hamm for second in the all-time international goals list with her 158th tally at the halfway mark of the tournament, in which Canada finished second behind Brazil, ahead of Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.
At the home of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Canadians delivered a national track record and three season’s best results for the fans in Calgary, but fell short of medals, particularly as the Germans were in a dominant mood and Americans continued their post-Sochi luge revolution with top results.