Canada has just won its second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia. The team’s victory in the mixed relay was celebrated by Derek Deuling of Whitehorse, Jasmine Drolet of Rossland, B.C., Mac Hollman of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Lilian Gagnon of Quebec City. Despite heavy rain on Sunday, Canada ranked sixth after the first two legs of the 20k relay. However, Hollman managed to close a 15-second gap on the front-runners to just 2.2 seconds when he handed off to Gagnon for the anchor leg.
Gagnon made a final move over the final 150 metres in a sprint to the line and Canada edged France by seven-tenths of a second and Sweden by eight-tenths. This is Canada’s second gold medal win at this competition after Sonjaa Schmidt’s victory in the women’s sprint on Tuesday. The Canadian team continues to showcase their skill and determination on the international stage, solidifying their presence as a force to be reckoned with in cross-country ski competitions.