Canada Secures 2nd Gold Medal at World U23 Cross-Country Ski Championships in Mixed Relay Event

Canada Wins Gold in Mixed Relay at World Under-23 Cross-Country Ski Championships, Adding to its Legacy of Athletic Success

Canada won its second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia with their victory in the mixed relay. The team, consisting of Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman, and Lilian Gagnon, celebrated their win in Slovenia over runner-up France and Sweden, who took the bronze medal.

Hollman closed a 15-second gap on the front-runners to 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. This second gold medal win comes after Schmidt’s victory.

Gagnon became the first Canadian to win gold at the world under-23 championships Tuesday in the women’s sprint. This victory was a testament to Canada’s skill and determination on the world stage, solidifying their presence as a force to be reckoned with in international cross-country ski competitions. Schmidt was joined by Sonjaa Schmidt of Whitehorse and Mac Hollman of Thunder Bay, Ont., among others on this successful Canadian team that continues to shine brightly in international sports scene.

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