Marielle Thompson

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Marielle Thompson
Personal information
Nickname(s)"Big Air Mar"
NationalityCanadian
Born (1992-06-15) June 15, 1992 (age 29)
North Vancouver, B.C.[1]
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Sport
CountryCanada
SportFreestyle skiing
Event(s)Ski cross
ClubBC Ski Cross, Whistler Mountain Ski Club
TeamCanadian Ski Cross Team
Coached byEric Archer, Willy Raine, Stanley Hayer
Achievements and titles
World finalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold Medal at 2019 World Championships in Deer Valley
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver Medal at 2013 World Championships in Voss
Olympic finalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold Medal at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver Medal at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing
Highest world ranking1st in Ski Cross World Cup (2012, 2014, 2017)

Marielle Thompson (born June 15, 1992) is a Canadian freestyle skier specializing in ski cross. She is the 2014 Winter Olympic and 2019 World champion in women's ski cross, as well as a three-time FIS World Cup Crystal Globe winner as the top-ranked athlete in that discipline (for the 2011–2012, 2013–2014, and 2016–17 seasons) and the 2013 Junior World champion.

Career[edit]

She debuted in the World Cup on December 18, 2010.[2] Thompson placed third on December 17, 2011 in San Candido, Italy.[2] In the 2010–11 World Cup season she placed 50th in Overall Freestyle standings and at 17th place in ski cross standings.[3] Thompson was again a strong contender during the 2013–14 season going into the Winter Olympics, leading the way in the standings again. In the end of the 2014 season she won the World Cup Overall title in an exciting finish in La Plagne, France. Marielle is still the only to Canadian to win a Crystal Globe and now she has received the prestigious award twice.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thompson qualified third going into the elimination rounds for ski cross. Her teammate and compatriot, Kelsey Serwa, qualified in first place just ahead of Ophelie David of France. Thompson made her way into the finals where Serwa also made the final in a near photo finish. In the big final Thompson led nearly the entire way and Serwa trailed just behind after a fall by David. The Canadians would end the race in the one and two positions securing gold and silver. After the race Thompson said that "It's crazy. I don't think it's even sunk in yet. I just had a big wave of emotion. I'm so, so happy, especially to be up there with my teammate. We're just having fun all day. I know Kelsey and we tried to help each other all the way down the course."[4]

While training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in October 2017, Thompson crashed and ruptured her ACL and injured her MCL putting her participation in the games in jeopardy.[5] However, she ultimately was able to participate in the Olympic ski cross event, having undergone an accelerated rehabilitation program.[6] Thompson placed first in the seeding runs on February 22.[7] She was eliminated in the first heat after falling and finishing third. The event was instead won by teammate Serwa, with another teammate, Brittany Phelan, taking the silver medal.[8]

Thompson finished third in the standings in the following two seasons on the World Cup circuit, and in 2019 won the women's ski cross title at the 2019 World Championships in Deer Valley.[9]

On January 24, 2022, Thompson was named to Canada's 2022 Olympic team.[10][11][12] Thompson would go onto win the silver medal in the women's ski cross event.[13]

Personal life[edit]

She is the sister of alpine skier Broderick Thompson.[14]

Results[edit]

Olympic results[edit]

 Year  Ski Cross
2014 Sochi 1
2018 Pyeongchang 17
2022 Beijing 2

World Championships results[edit]

 Year  Ski Cross
2011 Deer Valley 15
2013 Voss 2
2015 Kreischberg 8
2017 Sierra Nevada 5
2019 Deer Valley 1

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[15]

Season standings[edit]

 Season  Overall Ski Cross Cross Alps Tour
2011 50 16 N/A
2012 3 1 N/A
2013 36 7 N/A
2014 4 1 N/A
2015 34 8 N/A
2016 6 2 N/A
2017 2 1 1
2018 injured: did not compete
2019 8 3 3
2020 6 3 3
2021 N/A 3 N/A

Race Podiums[edit]

  • 25 wins – (25 SX)
  • 49 podiums – (49 SX)
No. Season Date Location Discipline Place
1 2011–12 December 17, 2011 Innichen, Italy Ski Cross 3rd
2 January 11, 2012 Alpe d'Huez, France Ski Cross 2nd
3 January 19, 2012 Blue Mountain, Canada Ski Cross 1st
4 February 26, 2012 Bischofswiesen, Germany Ski Cross 3rd
5 March 3, 2012 Branäs, Sweden Ski Cross 1st
6 March 10, 2012 Grindelwald, Switzerland Ski Cross 1st
7 2012–13 February 19, 2013 Sochi, Russia Ski Cross 2nd
8 March 17, 2013 Åre, Sweden Ski Cross 2nd
9 2013–14 December 7, 2013 Nakiska, Canada Ski Cross 1st
10 December 22, 2013 Innichen, Italy Ski Cross 2nd
11 January 17, 2014 Val Thorens, France Ski Cross 1st
12 January 25, 2014 Kreischberg, Austria Ski Cross 3rd
13 March 15, 2014 Åre, Sweden Ski Cross 2nd
14 March 23, 2014 La Plagne, France Ski Cross 1st
15 2014–15 December 6, 2014 Nakiska, Canada Ski Cross 1st
16 January 9, 2015 Val Thorens, France Ski Cross 1st
17 January 10, 2015 Ski Cross 1st
18 2015–16 December 5, 2015 Montafon, Austria Ski Cross 1st
19 January 17, 2016 Watles, Italy Ski Cross 1st
20 January 23, 2016 Nakiska, Canada Ski Cross 1st
21 February 13, 2016 Idre Fjäll, Sweden Ski Cross 2nd
22 February 14, 2016 Ski Cross 1st
23 March 4, 2016 Arosa, Switzerland Ski Cross 2nd
24 2016–17 December 9, 2016 Val Thorens, France Ski Cross 1st
25 December 12, 2016 Arosa, Switzerland Ski Cross 1st
26 December 17, 2016 Montafon, Austria Ski Cross 1st
27 December 21, 2016 Innichen, Italy Ski Cross 2nd
28 January 15, 2017 Watles, Italy Ski Cross 1st
29 February 12, 2017 Idre Fjäll, Sweden Ski Cross 1st
30 February 25, 2017 Sunny Valley, Russia Ski Cross 1st
31 March 5, 2017 Blue Mountain, Canada Ski Cross 1st
32 2018–19 December 17, 2018 Arosa, Switzerland Ski Cross 3rd
33 December 22, 2018 Innichen, Italy Ski Cross 2nd
34 January 19, 2019 Idre Fjäll, Sweden Ski Cross 2nd
35 January 26, 2019 Blue Mountain, Canada Ski Cross 2nd
36 March 17, 2019 Veysonnaz, Switzerland Ski Cross 1st
37 2019–20 December 14, 2019 Montafon, Austria Ski Cross 1st
38 December 17, 2019 Arosa, Switzerland Ski Cross 1st
39 December 22, 2019 Innichen, Italy Ski Cross 2nd
40 January 26, 2020 Idre Fjäll, Sweden Ski Cross 3rd
41 February 1, 2020 Megève, France Ski Cross 1st
42 2020–21 December 16, 2020 Arosa, Switzerland Ski Cross 2nd
43 December 20, 2020 Val Thorens, France Ski Cross 3rd
44 December 21, 2020 Ski Cross 3rd
45 January 20, 2021 Idre Fjäll, Sweden Ski Cross 2nd
46 January 24, 2021 Ski Cross 3rd
47 2021–22 December 12, 2021 Val Thorens, France Ski Cross 3rd
48 December 14, 2021 Arosa, Switzerland Ski Cross 1st
49 December 20, 2021 Innichen, Italy Ski Cross 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio". Mariellethompson.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "FIS-Ski.com profile". FIS-Ski.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "2010–11 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Standings". FIS. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Kate Pettersen (February 21, 2014). "Marielle Thompson, Kelsey Serwa win gold, silver in ski cross". CBC Sports.
  5. ^ "Olympic ski cross champion Marielle Thompson suffers knee injury". CBC Sports. October 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Marielle Thompson aiming for second ski cross gold 4 months after having knee surgery". The Star. February 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Marielle Thompson leads Canadian trio atop skicross seeding standings". Metro News. February 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Canada's Kelsey Serwa wins gold, Brittany Phelan grabs silver in women's skicross at Winter Olympics". The Globe and Mail. February 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Vicki Hall (December 11, 2020). "Ready for anything, Canadian Marielle Thompson accustomed to overcoming odds". CBC Sports.
  10. ^ Nichols, Paula (January 24, 2022). "Team Canada adds 24 freestyle skiers to the roster for Beijing 2022". www.olympic.ca/. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  11. ^ Ewing, Lori (January 24, 2022). "Moguls star Kingsbury leads Canada's Beijing Olympic freestyle team". Canadian Press. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  12. ^ Spyker, Josiah (January 28, 2022). "Three Invermere skiers competing in Olympics". My East Kootenay Now. Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  13. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (February 17, 2022). "Marielle Thompson collects Olympic silver in Beijing ski cross to go with her 2014 gold". National Post. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  14. ^ "Broderick Thompson". Alpine Canada Alpin. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "Marielle Thompson". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved January 4, 2016.

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