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, Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman, and Derek Deuling, celebrated their win over runner-up France and Sweden who took the bronze medal.
The Canadian team was in sixth place after the first two legs of Sunday’s 20k relay. However, Mac Hollman closed a 15-second gap on the front runners to just 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 and edged France by seven-tenths of a second and Sweden by eight-tenths.
This second gold medal win comes after Schmidt’s victory on 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.