Canada's Reece Howden wins World Cup ski cross gold to lock up Crystal Globe

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, Ont. — Canada's Reece Howden led from start to finish to win gold at the ski cross World Cup finals on Friday and secure the Crystal Globe as the overall season leader.

Howden, from Cultus Lake, B.C., held off Germany's Florian Wilmsmann for the victory in the four-man big final at Craigleith Ski Club.

Youri Duplessis Kergomard of France took bronze.

Two Canadians joined women's champion Fanny Smith of Switzerland on the podium.

Courtney Hoffos of Windermere, B.C., picked up silver and Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., earned bronze.

Season-ending races were scheduled for Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2023.

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Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press