Canada claimed 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 Lilian Gagnon, Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet, and Mac Hollman, celebrated their win in Slovenia over runner-up France and Sweden, who took the bronze medal.
Whitehorse’s Derek Deuling and Rossland’s Jasmine Drolet worked together to close a 15-second gap on the front-runners to 2.2 seconds when they handed off to Thunder Bay’s Mac Hollman for the anchor leg. Hollman then made his move over the final 150 metres in a sprint to the line. The French team was hot on his heels but came up short by seven-tenths of a second while Sweden finished third by eight-tenths.
This second gold medal win comes after Sonjaa Schmidt of Whitehorse became the first Canadian to win gold at the world under-23 championships 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.