Canada’s Brady Leman wins gold in Olympic men’s ski cross

Brady Leman of Canada celebrates his gold medal in the men's ski cross at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Canada’s Brady Leman has earned his Olympic redemption.

Leman, from Calgary, won gold in the men’s skicross at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday, making up for a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Canada also secured a bronze medal as Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George of Markham. Ont., were third in women’s bobsled at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Toronto’s Kevin Drury was last in the four-man big final after crashing with Sergey Ridzik, an Olympic Athlete from Russia. Ridzik recovered enough to finish behind Leman and Switzerland’s Marc Bischofberger.

Leman held off a late charge by Bischofberger to win Olympic gold for the first time.

“I had to just let go of everything and just race,” Leman said. “Turn the brain off a little bit in the race, which seemed to work out I guess.”

Drury was seemingly fine after the crash, shouting encouragement to Leman before the podium ceremony. David Duncan of London, Ont., was fourth in the small final, putting him eighth overall.

Montreal’s Chris Del Bosco crashed in an earlier heat and was taken to hospital where he was conscious and stable. A spokesperson for Freestyle Canada told The Canadian Press that Del Bosco has a suspected pelvic injury.

“Chris Del Bosco sustained a fall during today’s skicross race,” Alpine Canada said in a statement. “He’s been taken to hospital with team doctors for examination.

Further information will be released when available.”

Del Bosco finished fourth when skicross made its Olympic debut at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The 2011 world champion has won gold at the Winter X Games on two occasions.

He was 17th at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

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