Sherret wins gold on World Ski Cross Stage
India Sherret has put an exclamation mark on her breakout season – winning the 2015 FIS Freestyle World Junior Championship Ski Cross Gold for Canada.
Sherret (pictured), from Cranbrook, is a member of the Canadian Ski Cross Next Gen development team and races for Alberta Ski Cross. Cranbrook’s Zoe Chore also finished 17th.
“I had a great day!” said Sherret. “I’m so happy for our entire team! We’ve had a lot of success over the past two weeks winning three National Championships in Canada, Switzerland and Italy. To win the World Junior Championships is huge and it says a lot about our program and the next wave of Ski Cross athletes in Canada.”
Sherret finished seventh in qualifying after a few mistakes, which she put into the learning bank as she prepared for the next rounds. With great starts throughout the day and a determined approach, she was able to battle her way to the finals and take first place.
Kris Mahler, from Canmore, Alta., and skiing out of the Craigleith Ski Club, finished fourth on the men’s side. He was leading the big final until the second last turn when he slid out on his hip and went off course.
“I’ve been skiing really well over the last few weeks and winning third at the Canadian National Championships really gave me a confidence boost coming into these last races.” Mahler said. “All of the coaches and ski service staff have been incredible and our new Next Gen / Development Team has a great energy. We all want to make the next step to the World Cup team.”
Current Canadian Ski Cross athlete and Olympic Champion Marielle Thompson won the World Junior title in 2013 and offered her take on the event: “It’s great to see the younger athletes having success on the world stage and it’s a very positive stepping stone in the right direction for India and the program. I’m very happy for her and her teammates.”
The team was led by Sead Causevic, Canada Ski Cross Head Coach of Development.
“The entire team skied great today. India and Kris’ performances today were incredible and it was great to have some additional coaching support with Stanley Hayer and Andy Voukoun” stated Causevic. “Marcos our ski tech did an amazing job and he deserves a lot of credit for our win today. It was great to see all the men make it into the top 16 and unfortunately there was a little wind that affected the qualification results for the women. I’m very proud of the efforts put forward by our athletes.”
Women’s 2015 FIS Freestyle World Junior Championship (Canada’s placements)
1 – India Sherret
17 – Zoe Chore
20 – Alexa Velcic
27 – Abby McEwen
Men’s 2015 FIS Freestyle World Junior Championship (Canada’s placements)
4 – Kris Mahler
8 – Matt Brady
15 – Adam Gibson
16 – Ned Ireland