Davidson uncovers Canadian ski cross gold

  • Apr. 17, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Vernon’s Brendan Davidson, a newcomer to ski cross, drew on his background in alpine racing to take J1 (15-16 years old) gold at the SportChek/Rockstar Canadian National Open Ski Cross Championships at Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Davidson qualified with an impressive fifth fastest time overall in age categories.

After enduring a collision with a competitor in a qualifying heat, Adrienne Davidson, 18, also from Vernon, placed fourth in the J2 (17-19) category.

Showcasing its new snowcross course, Lake Louise put on a stellar weekend of competition under bluebird skies.

Ski cross, an action-packed, head-to-head event, combining elements of both alpine and freestyle competition, is a fast growing winter sport. It is included in the X-Games, World Freestyle Championships, and made its Olympic debut in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Lake Louise races were the final ski cross competitions of the year. The Canadian men’s and women’s teams dominated the World Cup circuit this winter.