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Brittany Phelan prevails at World Cup ski cross final in Idre Fjäll

Sherret, Thompson and Gairns place second, fifth and seventh respectively; Howden takes third among men
Brittany Phelan won the 2024 ski cross World Cup finale in Idre Fjäll, Sweden on March 22, 2024.

Brittany Phelan returned to the top of the podium at the 2024 World Cup finale in Idre Fjäll, Sweden. The alpine skier-turned-ski cross racer has now won two of her last three events, with seven total medals on the season. 

Crankbrook's India Sherret stood next to Quebec native Phelan in second place, while Saskja Lack of Switzerland came third. 

Marielle Thompson ended up fifth after a breakthrough in the small final, and her fellow Whistlerite Tiana Gairns managed seventh. Thompson still has a 67-point lead in the overall standings.

“It was awesome today,” Phelan told the media. “Feels really good to get a second win, two is better than one, and it was cool to cross the finish line and see India there with me. Made some smart tactical decisions today that played out well, and looking to do the same tomorrow.”

 “I’m very happy for Britt and it’s fun to stand on the podium with her,” added Sherret in a press release. “The course was a little slow today and that made things challenging, so hoping it’s faster tomorrow. I need to clean up a couple of things on the bottom that cost me positions today, and looking forward to racing tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Reece Howden's bronze medal puts him 39 points away from the men's season title. He shared the podium with David Mobaerg, who won on home snow, and Italian Simone Deromedis in runner-up position.

Gavin Rowell (Prince George, B.C.) skied to a career-best fifth, followed by Jared Schmidt (Ottawa, Ont.) in seventh and Carson Cook (Edmonton, Alta.) in 31st. 

Super-G results

Meanwhile, Canadians also saw super-G action at the alpine World Cup finals in Saalbach, Austria. Jeffrey Read led his compatriots in ninth on a warm day with spring-like conditions. Reigning world champion Jack Crawford (Toronto, Ont.) was 14th and Cameron Alexander (North Vancouver, B.C.) settled for 19th.

Read also winds up 10th in super-G season rankings. 

“I knew this was a track that I really liked and that I have some speed on,” said the Canmore native in a release. “I went out and really pushed and had a few hiccups and one big mistake at the bottom. The skiing was there today and to finish ninth, my second-best super-G result of the season feels pretty good.”

“It’s been a goal to build super-G and pretty stoked to be in the top 10 for the season. This shows that the consistency is there and it puts me in a good spot to build on into next season.”

The last ski cross World Cup of the season takes place on March 23, while alpine World Cup finals conclude March 24.