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Iles snags first World Cup win in Mont-Sainte-Anne

Iles snags first World Cup win of his career while Squamish's Jackson Goldstone continues to dominate the junior circuit.
O-OUTSIDER FINN ILES 29.31 COURTESY RED BULL MEDIA POOL
Whistler local Finn Iles, shown here during his ninth-place run at the World Cup stop in Snowshoe last weekend, landed on top of the podium for the first time in his career in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, this weekend.

After flirting with the top spot multiple times this season including two second place finishes in Lourdes, France and Lenzerheide, Switzerland earlier this year, Whistler's own Finn Iles finally snagged the first World Cup win of his career in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec this weekend.

Following up a ninth-place finish in Snowshoe, West Virginia last weekend, Iles managed to edge out second-place finisher Laurie Greenland by just two tenths of a second to take the win in Quebec.

However, Iles wasn't the only Sea to Sky rider to land on top of the podium recently.

For Squamish's Jackson Goldstone it was another couple races and another couple wins as the 18-year-old phenom took first-place at the World Cup stops in both Snowshoe and Mont-Sainte-Anne over the last two weeks. With his wins, he has also potentially already secured the 2022 overall title.

These latest first-place finishes mark the fourth and fifth on the season for Goldstone and his sixth and seventh podiums of the year, after adding two second-place finishes, earlier in the season.

Following a few seconds behind Goldstone in second place in Snowshoe was Pemberton's Tegan Cruz, who captured his second Junior World Cup podium in a row, after claiming a third in Vallnord, Andorra last month. Unfortunately, Cruz wasn't able to extend his podium streak to three, dropping back to eighth in Quebec.

The 17-year-old Pemberton product is also coming off of being named the 2022 Canadian Downhill junior national champion for the second year in a row.

As for Whistler's Wei Tien Ho, after a tough race that saw him finish 23rd in Vallnord, Andorra a few weeks ago, Ho jumped back into the top-10 finishing one spot ahead of Cruz with a seventh.

Sechelt's Gracey Hemstreet also continued her dominating pace in Snowshoe, where she, like Goldstone, also claimed her fourth first-place finish and sixth podium in this season's Junior World Cup circuit. She followed that up with yet another podium finish in Mont-Sainte-Anne, where she came third.

After Mont-Sainte-Anne, the local riders will be returning to Whistler for Crankworx before heading to Val di Sole, Italy for the next stop on the World Cup tour.