HIGH ACHIEVERS: Stay-Safe Edition
Keeping Local Sport Spirit High During the Pandemic
By Martin Cleary
Jared Schmidt of Dunrobin was the model of consistency Tuesday, winning his second career medal on the World Cup ski-cross circuit in Arosa, Switzerland.
Competing in only his 16th World Cup race, the 24-year-old had his best-ever qualifying result of sixth and posted either first- or second-place results in his four bracket races before entering the Big Final and capturing the bronze medal.
“I feel great about the podium,” said Jared Schmidt, who earned his first World Cup medal, also a bronze, in Bakuriani, Georgia, in late February. “Stoked to be under the lights at Arosa.
“It started this morning when we had our qualifications, a lot of the guys skied really fast and I had a personal-best of sixth in qualifications. After we went back to the hotel, I reactivated in between and I was feeling really good.”
Sweden’s David Mobaerg won the men’s World Cup ski-cross race, which was held at night, while Terence Tchiknavorian of France was second.
Schmidt was one of the hottest skiers in the men’s bracket races, where four skiers went head-to-head down a challenging course and the top two advanced to the next round. He won his round-of-64 and round-of-32 matches, and was second in the quarter-finals and semifinals.
Jared’s sister Hannah Schmidt was second in qualifying for the women’s World Cup ski-cross race, strong through the early bracket rounds and finished eighth overall.
Hannah Schmidt qualified second in the women’s race before winning her round-of-16 and quarterfinal races. But she placed fourth in the semifinals behind Canadians Marielle Thompson and Zoe Chore, who were first and second respectively.
In the small final, Canadian Courtney Hoffas placed first for fifth overall and Hannah took fourth, giving her eighth overall.
Thompson, who has recovered from a second major knee injury in March, won the race and Chore was third overall.
“The girls were crushing it all day, and Brady (Leman) and Carson (Cook) were battling it out in the small final,” Jared added. “It’s a great team result.”
Hannah recently shook the monkey off her back and cracked the semi-final round for the first time in her World Cup career, placing fifth overall in Val Thorens, France this past Saturday.
World Cup ski-cross team races are scheduled for Wednesday in Arosa.
Martin Cleary has written about amateur sports for 48 years. A past Canadian sportswriter of the year and Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement in Sport Media honouree, Martin retired from full-time work at the Ottawa Citizen in 2012, but continued to write a bi-weekly “High Achievers” column for the Citizen/Sun.
When the pandemic struck, Martin created the “Stay-Safe Edition” to provide some positive news during tough times, via his Twitter account at first and now here at OttawaSportsPages.ca.
Martin can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com and on Twitter @martincleary.