Reece Howden is accustomed to main ski cross competitions however on Saturday employed a special technique, purposely sitting again earlier than ready for a break on the way in which to a second World Cup victory in 33 days.
The 22-year-old from Cultus Lake, B.C., settled in the midst of the pack for a lot of the large finals till the ultimate activate the full-length course in Idre Fjall, Sweden.
“The plan was to not come out in front, the draft was too strong,” he advised Alpine Canada. “I wanted to chill in the middle of the pack and give my legs a bit of a break and once I made that last turn fire up those engines and get out in front,” mentioned Howden, who sits atop the season rankings.
“Today was a day of racing, not a day of leading, so I was super happy with my execution and it couldn’t have gone any better.”
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Howden captured silver and the following day gold in late December in Val Thorens, France. He has been capable of commit extra time to snowboarding this season after graduating from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology within the spring.
Howden’s teammate, veteran ski cross racer Chris Del Bosco of Montreal, was third within the small finals on Saturday and seventh total for his greatest end since 2018.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been back in the small finals,” mentioned Del Bosco, who ruptured his Achilles final summer season. “It felt really good to get the monkey off my back. I made a few small mistakes in that last round, but I am heading in the right direction.”
Hoffos, Thompson inside top 10
Ottawa’s Jared Schmidt delivered a career-best Twenty ninth-place end while Brady Leman (twenty seventh), Kris Mahler (thirty second) and Carson Cook (forty eighth) rounded out the Canadian contingent.
In the ladies’s occasion, Tiana Gairns of Prince George, B.C., positioned a career-best fifth, adopted by Courtney Hoffos (Invermere, B.C.) and Marielle Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) in sixth and eighth, respectively.
“Idre is interesting since it’s such a long track with such a long straight section that you don’t want to pass at the beginning,” Gairns mentioned.
Added Hoffos: “You almost want to be patient and hold your composure in fourth place so you can boost ahead of everyone at the last second.”
Zoe Chore (sixteenth) and Hannah Schmidt (seventeenth) have been the other Canadian rivals.
The women and men return to the Swedish course on Sunday at 6 a.m. ET.