(Sportcom) – Canada’s Marielle Thompson captured silver at the Ski Cross World Cup in Idre Fjall, Sweden on Wednesday.
The British Columbian was accompanied on the podium by the Swiss Fanny Smith and Talina Gantenbein, respectively first and third.
The gusts of wind and the accumulation of snow made it difficult for the participants of the first day of World Cup activities. This did not prevent Chris Del Bosco from standing out by concluding in 13th place in this sprint format event.
Directly entering the elimination phase, the Montrealer first won his wave in the round of 64, then finished second in his quartet in the next stage. A bad start in the quarter-finals, however, stopped Del Bosco, still looking for a first top 10 this season.
“The conditions were pretty tough with the wind and snow, but overall I had a decent day. I started well in my first two rounds, but didn’t get the start I hoped for in the quarterfinals. I tried to provoke things before the finish line, but I got there just short, ”he said.
The French Bastien Midol was crowned at the end of the event, he who beat the Swede Viktor Andersson, as well as his compatriot François Place in the grand final.
Also in action, Jared Schmidt had a short day taking the fourth and final place of his wave in the round of 64. The Mont-Tremblant skier was positive despite the result.
“This race was difficult for me. I didn’t manage to get off my wave, but I’m still happy with the direction my ski is going. After my injury [déchirure du ligament collatéral médial au genou droit en 2019], I worked hard in the gym and on the snow to achieve my goals and I want to keep improving, ”explained the one who finished in 48th place.
The situation is similar for his sister, Hannah, also limited to a single race. She finished last of her start in the quarter-finals and 17th in the women’s competition.
“The sprint format is a bit difficult for me, but it’s good for the experience. It was a pretty close race, but I was not able to adapt to the straight line course and the different jumps, especially with the snow which was slowing us down on the track ”, she analyzed. .
Jared and Hannah Schmidt, just like Del Bosco, won’t have to wait long before they can recover. The three will be back on the track Thursday and Friday to take part in two individual qualifying sessions. A total of 16 women and 32 men will then be selected for the finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.