Marielle Thompson of Canada secured her third consecutive World Cup women’s ski cross gold medal in Georgia, capping off a successful weekend for the Whistler, B.C., native. This victory marked her fourth win in five races and solidified her position as the reigning Olympic silver medallist and leader in the season standings.
In her 132nd World Cup start, Thompson managed to win all her heats, earning her 65th World Cup podium and 29th career victory. Reflecting on her performance, Thompson stated, “I tried to be better each run today and to ski clean the whole way down.” She emphasized the importance of learning from past experiences and avoiding small mistakes that could lead to a loss of speed.
The start of the race played a crucial role in Thompson’s success. She focused on being quick and powerful out of the gate, ultimately leading to her victory. Joining her on the podium were France’s Marielle Berger Sabbatel and Switzerland’s Talina Gantenbein, who secured the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
India Sherret of Cranbrook, B.C., finished just outside of the podium in fourth place. This impressive performance solidifies Canada’s presence as a force to be reckoned with in women’s ski cross.