At Sochi 2014 Marielle Thompson made sure the ladies’ Olympic ski cross gold medal remained in Canadian hands, successfully defending the title won by Ashleigh McIvor at Vancouver 2010. Thompson was the winner of each of her eighth-final, quarterfinal and semifinal heats, before defeating teammate Kelsey Serwa in the Big Final for Canada’s third 1-2 finish of the Games.
Since making her World Cup debut in December 2010, Thompson has been one of Canada’s brightest ski cross stars. She was just 19 when she earned her first World Cup gold medal in February 2012, which happened to come on Canadian soil at Blue Mountain. She ended the season with a total of six World Cup podiums, including three victories, to give her the overall World Cup title in ladies’ ski cross. That put her in the history books as the first Canadian ski cross racer to win a Crystal Globe.
Thompson got off to a slower start in 2012-13, but the end of her season more than made up for it. She won a silver medal at the World Cup event in Sochi that served as the Olympic test event. She went on to win silver at the 2013 FIS World Championships, putting Canada on the ladies’ ski cross podium for the third straight worlds. Still just 20, she was eligible to compete at the 2013 FIS World Junior Championships and won the gold medal.
2014 Olympic Champion… 2011-12 Crystal Globe Winner (Overall World Cup Champion Ski Cross)… 2013 FIS World Silver Medallist… 2013 FIS World Junior Champion…
Getting Into Sport: Skated and skied as a child… Started skiing at age two… Began ski racing at age 11 and started ski cross at age 16… Outside Interests: Enjoys cross-country biking, hiking and waterskiing… When she has time she works as a skate host at the Whistler skating rink… Odds and Ends: As a child she looked up to Canadian alpine skier Britt Janyk who was also from Whistler… Not overly superstitious but does toss salt over her shoulder if she spills it and doesn’t walk under ladders… Attended the Vancouver 2010 ski cross events as a spectator…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – SILVER; 2011 – 15th