Canada Secures 2nd Gold Medal at World U23 Cross-Country Ski Championships in Mixed Relay Event

Canada has won its second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championships in Planica, Slovenia. The team, consisting of Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet, Mac Hollman, and Lilian Gagnon, celebrated their victory over runner-up France and Sweden, who took the bronze medal.

Whitehorse’s Derek Deuling was part of the Canadian team that prevailed in heavy rain on Sunday. They ranked sixth after the first two legs but closed a 15-second gap on the front-runners to take second place by just two-tenths of a second. Mac Hollman closed a 15-second gap on the front runners to just 2.2 seconds when he handed off to Lilian Gagnon for the anchor leg.

Gagnon made her move over the final 150 metres in a sprint to take gold and become the first Canadian woman to win gold at these championships. This second gold medal win comes after Sonjaa Schmidt’s victory in the women’s sprint earlier this week. Gagnon, Schmidt and the rest of the Canadian team continue to showcase their skill and determination on the world stage, solidifying their presence as a force to be reckoned with in international cross-country ski competitions.

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