Ski cross: Brittany Phelan records her first career win

The 72nd start was the right one! Brittany Phelan climbed to the top of the podium Sunday at the Ski Cross World Cup in Reiteralm, Austria. This is his fifth medal of the season on circuit tracks and the first gold of his career in the World Cup.

Phelan quickly moved to the front of the field in the grand final. Switzerland's Talina Gantenbein and Margaux Dumont fell behind her, setting the stage for a two-way battle between Phelan and France's Marielle Berger Sabbatel for the gold medal.

The Quebecer responded to Berger Sabbatel's attacks in the final turns and raced to victory. In disbelief, the winner thought about tomorrow before falling to the ground as she crossed the finish line.

” It's about time! This is my 17th World Cup podium, it feels good to finally taste victory. It was amazing, I've never won, it's almost become a joke!” Phelan commented to Alpine Canada moments after his victory.

“I think I'm the one who most often finished second on the track. I felt good today (Sunday) and it was a great fight to the end with Marielle Berger. I am extremely happy”, she added in front of the microphone of the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Third in qualifying on Thursday, Phelan also won his first two races of the day on Sunday before the start of the final.

Berger Sabbatel took the second step of the podium, while the Swiss Gantenbein and Dumont were bronze.

The victory allows the 32-year-old athlete to overtake compatriot Hannah Schmidt for third place in the provisional overall standings with two World Cups remaining on the calendar. Schmidt had to retire from the Reiteralm stage due to an ankle injury sustained in the World Championship qualifier in Bakuriani earlier this month.

British-Columbian Marielle Thompson tops the rankings with her 832 points, 22 ahead of closest runner-up Marielle Berger Sabbatel. Phelan follows with 694 points.

On the men's side, Jared Schmidt was retained during the Round of 16. This is a copy and paste from the previous day where he also saw his workday come to an end during the first elimination race.

In the grand final, the Frenchman Youri Duplessis Kergomard celebrated, who was better than the Italian Simone Deromedis and the Frenchman Terence Tchiknavorian.
In the provisional general standings, Schmidt is currently eighth with 427 points. His compatriot Reece Howden leads the way with his 566 points, and right behind him is the Swiss Alex Diva (548 points).

The action continues on March 15 in ski cross with the presentation of the World Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. The originally planned stop in Germany's Oberwiesenthal next weekend has been cancelled.

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