This article was originally published on the Alpine Canada website.
PAIR OF CANADIANS STEP ONTO THE PODIUM IN FRANCE
The Canadian ski cross team continues to excel on the World Cup circuit with two podium finishes today in the men’s and women’s races.
For Marielle Thompson – make it three victories in a row this season.
The Alpine Canada Alpin athlete from Whistler, BC claimed her third-consecutive 1st place finish on the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup circuit, winning Saturday’s race in Val Thorens, France ahead of Anna Holmlund of Sweden and Ophelie David of France.
This is the first time in Thompson’s career that she has won three straight World Cup events. In 2012, she was able to put together back-to-back victories but has never made it three in a row.
Thompson clearly enjoyed competing on the French course.
"This course really plays to my strengths with big features that need to be pressed as well as fast straight sections that allow me to glide. Overall the course is lots of fun as well as super competitive and that makes for great racing for both men and women."
Georgia Simmerling of Vancouver, BC just missed out on advancing to Saturday’s final and ended up winning the small final. Simmerling was 3rd in her semi-final heat, with only the top two skiers advancing to the main final.
On the men’s side, Brady Leman of Calgary, AB claimed his first podium of the year, finishing 3rd in the men’s ski cross final, his best result since a third-place finish in March 2014.
Leman finished 2nd in his semi-final heat to advance to Saturday’s main final showdown where he was edged out by Switzerland’s Marc Bischofberger and France’s Jonathan Midol.
"The finals was a battle from start to finish" says Leman. "When a race like that comes down to just a reach it is unbelievable, but it all counts!".
Louis-Pierre Helie (Berthierville, QC) and David Duncan (London, ON) were among the final 32 racers on Saturday but neither advanced to the quarter-finals. Chris Del Bosco (Montreal, QC), Tristan Tafel (Canmore, AB) and Ian Deans (Kelowna, BC) also competed for Canada but did not qualify to the top 32.
The Canadian ski cross team takes a week off before heading to Kreischberg, Austria for the FIS Freestyle World Championships Jan. 24-25.