Canada’s Brady Leman finishes fourth in men’s ski cross

Brady Leman made it to the men’s ski cross final, but was shutout from a medal as France swept the podium.

Leman, of Calgary, wore the red bib in each of his runs, which means he had the fastest run time going into each race.

In his quarter-final and semifinal races, he jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back.

But he failed to get that lead in the final, as the three French competitors – -Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta, and Jonathan Midol — boxed him in from the start.


Leman spent most of the race in fourth place. He crashed towards the end of the race as he was making a move to try to get into medal position.


Leman’s teammates, David Duncan and Chris Del Bosco, failed to advance past the round of 16.

Duncan stumbled in his heat, losing enough speed to fall back into last place. Del Bosco initially led his heat, but got passed and finished third.

While they were disappointed…


… they stayed to cheer their fellow Canadian on.


Ski cross can be a wild, intense, and unpredictable sport. It is a freestyle skiing event, as the course tends to feature terrain similar to that found in freestyle. But some argue that it should be categorized as an alpine sport since it is a timed event, and most competitors come from alpine programs. Still, crashes, lead changes, and photo finishes are not uncommon.


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