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Olympic ski cross champ Brady Leman scores World Cup bronze

Olympic ski cross champion Brady Leman raced to bronze at the World Cup event in Innichen, Italy, on Friday. Fellow Canadian Marielle Thompson, who won gold at the 2014 Games, was fourth in the women's race.

Canadian reaches podium at event in Italy; Marielle Thompson 4th in women's race

Brady Leman, seen after his win at the Olympics in February, earned a third-place finish at the ski cross World Cup event in Innichen, Italy, on Friday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Olympic ski cross champion Brady Leman raced to bronze at the World Cup event in Innichen, Italy, on Friday. 

Fellow Canadian Marielle Thompson, who won gold at the 2014 Games, was fourth in the women's race.

Leman, 32, finished behind siblings Jonathan Midol and Bastien Midol of France. The Calgary resident took gold at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February.

Canadian Chris Del Bosco was eighth and Kevin Drury of Toronto placed 10th.

WATCH | Brady Leman lands on World Cup podium in Italy:

Olympic ski cross champion Brady Leman of Calgary raced to bronze at the World Cup event in Innichen, Italy, on Friday. 3:18

Leman went head-to-head against Del Bosco in the semifinal, with Del Bosco finishing third to end up in the small final where he attempted a tight pass and crashed. 

"Racing here in Italy is always really tight. Every run is just a battle. There are places to pass the whole way down, and lots of guys are skiing really fast so it's important to be really clean," said Leman.

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Brady Leman reflects on his success from Pyeongchang and looks forward to what goals lay ahead in 2019. 2:37

"It was a tough heat in the finals and I skied some of my best to get third."

WATCH | Del Bosco returns to competition after devastating Olympic crash:

The Montreal freestyle skier returns to World Cup ski cross action after breaking his ribs and fracturing his pelvis in a crash during the 2018 Winter Olympics. 1:04

Fanny Smith of Switzerland, the bronze medallist in Pyeongchang, reached the top of the podium on the women's side. Sweden's Sandra Naeslund took silver, with Marielle Sabbatel Berger of France rounding out the top three.

Abby McEwen finished sixth and India Sherret eighth for Canada. Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan, who posted a 1-2 finish in Pyeongchang, were 12th and 17th, respectively.

"I had no idea what was going to happen. It was very nerve-wracking, but really fun," McEwen said of her first World Cup small final.

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"I had a big smile on my face in the start gate. I just wanted to go fast. I had no idea how I was going to end up. It is a tricky course, very icy but in my small final I was out of the gate second and was able to hold on."

A second World Cup race in Innichen is scheduled for Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET and can be seen live on CBCSports.ca. 

WATCH | Germany's Noerl lands atop snowboard cross podium in Italy

Martin Noerl finished on the world cup podium for the 1st time in his career, racing to gold at the FIS Snowboarding World Cup, snowboard cross season opener in Cervinia, Italy. 4:27

With files from The Canadian Press

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