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Alps Canada | News | Hannah Schmidt claims back-to-back ski cross wins in Nakiska

Alps Canada |  News |  Hannah Schmidt claims back-to-back ski cross wins in Nakiska

Calgary, AB. (January 21, 2024) — For the second day in a row, Hannah Schmidt (Ottawa, Ontario) won the women's race at the FIS Ski World Cup in Nakiska, Alberta. Schmidt became the first woman to win two pole races in a row on Canadian snow since Marielle Thompson (Whistler, BC) won five straight races between 2012 and 2017. Brittany Phelan (Mont Tremblant, QLD) stood on the podium with Schmidt today in third place, earning her 14th career podium finish.

This is the fourth podium finish in Schmidt's career and comes in her 40th World Cup appearance. Today's win moved Schmidt to second place in the standings, just 11 points behind first place.

“I'm a little speechless,” Schmidt said. “I feel so great to win back to back in front of family and friends. This is my first time on the podium with Brett and this helps make this day, and the whole weekend, extra special.

“I'm not the quickest at the start,” Phelan said. “It was really hard to get through this course, so I had to fight all day. It's always special to race at home, and I'm very happy to be on the podium today with Hannah.

Thompson won fifth in today's small final, while India Sherritt (Cranbrook, BC) placed sixth to give Canada four women in the top six. The other Canadian women racing today were Abby McEwen (Edmonton, AZ) who placed 10th and Emeline Bennett (North Vancouver, BC) who placed 13th.

Carson Cook (Edmonton, Ariz.) led the Canadian men with eight places today to finish fourth in his World Cup career. Kevin Drury (Toronto, Ontario) finished 10th, while World Cup points leader Jared Schmidt (Ottawa, Ontario) finished 13th. Yesterday's winner Rhys Howden (Chilliwack, BC) finished 14th.

Upcoming races: (connection to FIS calendar)

The Alps are held in Vessonaz (Switzerland) from January 22 to 25.

Men's SL and GS Alpine race in Schladming (Australia) on January 23-24.

Women's Alpine race in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) from January 26 to 28.

Ski transfer to St. Moritz (Switzerland) on January 27-28.

2nd Men's Alpine Race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) on January 27-29.

Follow the Canadian Ski Team this season on the Alpine Canada website, via our social media accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact:

Mark Halliday
Alps Canada
[email protected]

About the Alps in Canada

Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as Canadian ski instructors, providing education, certification, insurance and compliance with the Coaching Code of Conduct. With the support of corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Coaching Association, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup athletes to stimulate emergence. And inspiration and growth in the skateboarding community.

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