Canadian Marielle Thompson clinched the World Cup ski-cross crown Saturday with her sixth win of the season in Miass, Russia. With six wins and a second-place finish this season, Thompson has an unbeatable 155-point lead in the Crystal Globe standings heading into next week’s World Cup finals at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ont.
MEN’S DOWNHILL: Home favourite Kjetil Jansrud took a giant step toward wrapping up the World Cup downhill title with a win Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — where Canadians Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay just missed the podium. Jansrud beat his closest rival for the season crown, defending champion Peter Fill of Italy, by eight-hundredths of a second Saturday to extend his lead to 33 points with one race remaining. Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third, followed by Osborne-Paradis. Guay, a double medalist at the recent world championships, wound up sixth.
CURLING: Canada’s Kristen Streifel defeated South Korea’s Min Ji Kim 6-3 for third place at the world junior curling championship in Gangneung, South Korea. Earlier, Streifel and her Edmonton-based team dropped a 13-2 decision to Scotland’s Sophie Jackson in the semifinal. Sweden’s Isabella Wranaa defeated Scotland 10-7 for the championship.
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