Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman, and Lilian Gagnon of Canada emerged victorious in the mixed relay at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia. The team overcame heavy rain to win the gold medal over France and Sweden, who took the bronze.
After ranking sixth after two legs on Sunday’s 20k relay, Mac Hollman closed a 15-second gap on the front runners to just 2.2 seconds when he passed the baton to Lilian Gagnon for the anchor leg. Gagnon made her move in a sprint over the final 150 meters to take Canada’s lead by seven-tenths of a second over France and eight-tenths over Sweden.
This victory comes after Sonjaa Schmidt of Whitehorse became the first Canadian to win gold at the world under-23 championships on Tuesday in the women’s sprint. The Canadian team continues 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.