Canada has just won its second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia. The team, consisting of Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman, and Lilian Gagnon, triumphed over France and Sweden in the mixed relay.
In heavy rain, Whitehorse’s Derek Deuling, Rossland’s Jasmine Drolet, Thunder Bay’s Mac Hollman, and Quebec City’s Lilian Gagnon prevailed over runner-up France and bronze medallist Sweden. After ranking sixth after the first two legs of Sunday’s 20k relay, 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 over the final 150 metres in a sprint to the line. Canada edged France by seven-tenths of a second and Sweden by eight-tenths to take home gold. This second gold medal win comes after Schmidt’s victory on Tuesday in the women’s sprint. Gagnon, Schmidt and the rest of the Canadian team continue to showcase their skill and determination on the world stage, solidifying their presence as a force to be reckoned with in international cross-country ski competitions.