Canada continues ski cross medal haul despite cancelled race at Innichen World Cup


Canada's ski cross team received an unexpected surprise to help continue its World Cup medal haul on Saturday in Innichen, Italy.

Organizers were forced to cancel the race after a series of bad weather events, which meant that Friday's qualification results would stand as the final.

Good news for Toronto's Kevin Drury who, as the top qualifier, was handed his third-career World Cup victory, while Brittany Phelan captured bronze on the women's side.

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It was Drury's second victory this season, helping to solidify his leader bib on the tour, following his season-opening win earlier this month at Val Thorens, France.

Drury was followed by Germany's Florian Wilmsmann and Jonathan Midol of France, who won silver and bronze respectively.

"Yesterday was a battle. Just trying to keep it as smooth as possible through all those big holes and ruts," said Drury. "Always happy to win a quali. Landing on the podium always feels good, doesn't matter really how, still feels good." 

Phelan, a native of Mont-Tremblant , Que., came third in the women's event. Her qualification time left her just behind winner Marielle Sabbatel Berger of France and Sandra Naeslund of Sweden.

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Christin Olsson/EPA

Though she's no stranger to the podium — Phelan won Olympic ski cross silver in Pyeongchang — this is her first podium finish of the season.

"Always good to ski fast in quali's in case this happens," said Phelan. "Pretty happy to have put down a good run and hopefully still have a chance to race tomorrow." You can watch a replay of the event at 1:30 a.m. ET. will have live coverage as the World Cup ski cross event in Innichen, Italy continues on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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