Canadians Phelan, Howden score World Cup ski cross bronze medals

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Britt Phelan, shown in this November 2021 file photo, will bring home bronze from the Innichen, Italy, World Cup ski cross event on Sunday. (File/Getty Images - image credit)
Britt Phelan, shown in this November 2021 file photo, will bring home bronze from the Innichen, Italy, World Cup ski cross event on Sunday. (File/Getty Images - image credit)

Canadian ski cross racers will bring home bronze medals from both the men's and women's big finals on Sunday in Innichen, Italy.

Britt Phelan, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., finished just two-hundredths of a second behind Fanny Smith of Switzerland, who took silver behind Sweden's Sandra Naeslund.

"It was a really good day," said Phelan, a silver medallist at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. "I've been super consistent all year and happy with how that's going, coming back after two years off from injury."

WATCH | Phelan races to bronze in Italy:

Fellow Canadian Marielle Thompson won the women's small final, finishing fifth overall.

On the men's side, Reece Howden, of Cultus Lake, B.C., won his semifinal before finishing third in the big final, claiming bronze.

WATCH | Howden snatches bronze at Innichen:

"This course is always fun," Howden said. "Speeds are high, and the ice is hard."

Ryan Regez of Switzerland won gold, while Bastian Midol of France took silver.

A Canadian also won the men's small final – Kevin Drury crossed the line first in that race, finishing fifth overall.

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