Canada won its second gold medal at the World Under-23 Cross-Country Skiing Championships in Planica, Slovenia with a win in the mixed relay. The team, consisting of Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman and Lilian Gagnon, celebrated their victory in Slovenia over runners-up France and Sweden, who won the bronze medal.

Derek Deuling of Whitehorse, Jasmin Drolet of Rossland, B.C., Mac Hollman of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Lilian Gagnon of Quebec City won in heavy rain over runner-up France and bronze medalist Sweden. Canada finished sixth after the first two legs of Sunday’s 20km relay. Holman cut a 15-second gap among the front-runners to 2.2 seconds when he handed off to Gagnon for the anchor leg.

Gagnon managed to cover the last 150 meters in a sprint to the line. Canada overtook the French by seven tenths of a second, and Sweden by eight tenths. This second gold medal comes on the heels of Schmidt’s win. Gagnon, Schmidt and the rest of the Canadian team continue to demonstrate their skill and determination on the world stage, cementing their presence as a force to be reckoned with in international cross-country skiing competitions.

By Editor

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