Canadian Roundup: Podium sweeps, historic firsts and plenty of gold
Team Canada athletes kept fans on their feet over the weekend, winning four World Cup events, with two podiums sweeps and historic finishes along the way.
Here’s the latest weekend roundup.
Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
Canadians had a super Saturday on home snow at the moguls World Cup in Val St-Côme. The Canadian women delighted fans, giving them a podium sweep with Justine Dufour-Lapointe taking gold, Andi Naude clinching silver and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe capturing bronze. On the men’s side Mikaël Kingsbury won the men’s competition, reclaiming the top spot on the overall World Cup leader board in the process.
This weekend was one of firsts for Cross-Country Canada at the World cup in Ulricehamn, Sweden. In started on Saturday, when Alex Harvey won the 15km race, becoming the first Canadian to win World Cup gold medals on back-to-back weekends. The success continued on Sunday when Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Knute Johnsgaard and Lenny Valjas captured bronze to win the nation’s first distance 4×7.5m relay World Cup medal.
Snowboard – Slopestyle
Another podium sweep occurred this weekend in Switzerland at the LAAX Open. Canadian snowboarders continued to show their dominance in slopestyle with Max Parrot, Mark McMorris and Tyler Nicholson finishing first through third in the men’s event.
Mirela Rahneva’s incredible breakout season continues. In her debut season on the World Cup circuit, Rahneva won her first World Cup title on Saturday in Switzerland. Her recent gold brings her season’s World Cup medal count to three in only five events.
Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz finished second in bobsleigh after an extremely close women’s competition where they finished a mere 0.01 seconds behind first. Leaving St. Moritz with a sliver medal, Canadian bobsleigh sliders will continue the World Cup circuit in Königssee, Germany next weekend.
After a long weekend of competition at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa, Skate Canada selected its team for the upcoming 2017 ISU World Championships and PyeongChang 2018 test event.
Athletics – Pole Vault
Rio 2016 Olympian Alysha Newman set a new Canadian indoor pole vault record of 4.65m metres. Her record setting performance puts her among the best in the world this season, sitting third in the 2017 IAAF world indoor rankings.
Milos Raonic advanced to Australian Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row. The Canadian defeated 13th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.