Top 2014: On course for another 1-2 finish


Thompson was also leading the 2013-14 World Cup standings and won gold at the final World Cup stop before the Olympics in Val Thorens, France.

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Her teammate Kelsey Serwa was also very comfortable at the top of the track in Sochi. Serwa, the 2011 ski cross World Champion and X Games gold medallist, took home gold from the Sochi test event in 2013, with Thompson trailing her for silver.

Marielle Thompson racing to a World Cup gold (Photo: CP)
Photo: Alpine Canada Alpin
Kelsey Serwa competing at a World Cup event (Photo: CP)
Serwa, right, celebrates her World Cup gold with Thompson, left, and their teammate Chris Del Bosco (Photo: CP)
COC Photo: Mike Ridewood
Serwa, left, and Thompson celebrate their 1-2 finish at a World Cup race (Photo: CP)
COC Photo: Mike Ridewood
Serwa, right, and Thompson stand atop a World Cup podium (Photo: CP)

It was no surprise then that both skiers dominated in their respective paths to the ski cross final at Sochi 2014. Thompson won all of her qualifying races en route to the final, while Serwa won her first two races before finishing second to Swede Anna Holmlund in their semifinal.

When the starting gates went down in the final, it was Thompson and Serwa who pushed their way to the front of the four-skier field and they never looked back. Just past the halfway point of the race, French skier Ophelie David crashed to leave Thompson, Serwa, and Holmlund in the top three spots and that was exactly how it finished. Thompson powered her way through the finish line to capture the gold, with Serwa close behind her in the silver medal position.

The 1-2 finish was the third time at Sochi that Canada had taken gold and silver in the same event (along with the men’s and women’s moguls teams). It was also the fourth multiple podium for the Canadian team, and all of them came in freestyle skiing (Dara Howell taking gold and Kim Lamarre the bronze in women’s ski slopestyle was the other).

”It was amazing to ski across the line and give Marielle a big hug.” – Kelsey Serwa (Photo: CP)
Serwa (left) and Thompson post-race at Sochi (Photo: CP)
Thompson (right) and Serwa in Sochi after their 1-2 final run.
Marielle Thompson at her gold medal ceremony in Sochi (Photo: CP)
Kelsey Serwa celebrates her silver medal (Photo: CP)

Thompson followed up her dominance at Sochi by winning gold at the final World Cup stop of the 2014 season, which secured her third straight Crystal Globe title.

Scott Harrigan
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