Canada’s India Sherritt is racing for her first gold medal at the Ski Cross World Cup

Canada’s India Sherritt captured her first World Cup gold medal.

Sherritt, a ski cross racer from Cranbrook, British Columbia, topped every stage of Friday’s competition in Alleghe, Italy en route to her first win.

The 27-year-old last reached the podium in December 2019.

“Today is one of those days that makes all the hard work pay off,” Sherritt said in a press release. “I’ve had a few accidents and some injuries over the past four years since my last podium, and I’m proud and grateful to be here. I’m very grateful to everyone who has continued to believe in me, the team, my family, friends and my sponsors.”

Sherritt competed in the 2018 Olympics, finishing 18th. She has continued to deal with injuries into this year, but finally looks healthy with her win marking her third top 10 in four races this season.

In the grand final, Sherritt jumped out to a fast start and managed to hold on, beating a pair of Swiss runners, silver medalist Saska Luck and bronze medalist Talina Gantenbein, to the finish line.

“The starts were great today,” Sherritt said. “I tried to focus on being fast and loose, and then carry that speed through the rest of the race and really attack it. There are a lot of emotions that I don’t really know what I’m feeling, but it’s really amazing.”

Canadians Marielle Thompson, Brittany Phelan and Hannah Schmidt finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Schmidt continues to lead the overall standings.

In the men’s race, Reece Howden finished fifth, jumping ahead of fellow Canadian Jared Schmidt, who ranked twentieth in the overall standings.

Sweden’s Erik Moberg took first place for his first World Cup gold medal.

Another cross-country race is scheduled for Saturday in Italy.

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