Courtney Hoffos finished fifth at the Women’s Cross-Country Skiing World Championships on Saturday, while Canada’s Reece Howard placed fifth among the men.
Sweden’s Sandra Neslund won the women’s gold medal, ahead of Fannie Smith of Switzerland and Alize Baron of France. Windermere, Hoffmore, BC, won the small final in his first world appearance.
“I had very good sections and I skid well,” he said. “I tried to organize an entire race and I made it last. It was a good day. “
Hannah Schmidt of Ottawa was 10th and Mariel Thompson of Whistler, BC, 11th. Prince George, BC K Tiana Garrens was the thirteenth and Zoe Chor of Cranbrook, the fourteenth BC.
BC of Kallus Lake, the only Canadian in the top 10 in the men’s field.
“Today was almost perfect,” he said. “I made a little mistake in the semi-finals and I got a chance to reach the grand final and win a medal.”
Switzerland’s Alex Fivey won gold. François Place de France won silver and Sved Eric Moberg won bronze.
Chris Mahler of Canmore, Alta., Was twelfth. Brady Lemon of Calgary was 20 and Chris Del Bosco of Montreal was 26.
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