Growing up with parents who both worked as part-time ski instructors at Whistler Blackcomb Mountains, Marielle Thompson was clicking in to a pair of skis from the moment she could walk, and from the minute she could turn she could turn she was ripping her way around expansive terrain surrounding her home town.
Thompson joined the Audi ski cross World Cup in 2010/11, and by the next season had already risen to the top of the ranks, scoring six podiums, three victories, and the 2012 crystal globe for being the top lady on the cross tour in only her second full season.
However, the 2012/13 season saw things inexplicably drop off for Thompson - scoring only two podiums on the season, she more often than not saw herself on the outside of the finals looking in. Though one of those podiums was a second-place result at the Olympic test event in Sochi, things were not looking good for her ahead of the Olympic year.
As it turned out, though, that season was just a small bump in the road, and in 2013/14 she came out swinging, winning the first event of the season on home soil at Nakiska and scoring three more podiums before the Olympic break.
Then, at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Marielle put it all together on the biggest day of her life, leading the big final from start to finish and showing her teammate Kelsey Serwa the way to the finish line for the gold medal and a one-two finish for Canada.
She went on to close out the season with one of the most remarkable moments of the 2013/14 Audi ski cross World Cup campaign, passing rival Fanny Smith (SUI) halfway through the final heat of the final race and then holding on to win not only the race, but the crystal globe as well, breaking what had been a season-long neck-and-neck race between the two dynamic skiers. With that single pass, Marielle was able to win the race, win her second crystal globe in three seasons, and put an exclamation point on a magical winter.
Unfortunately, 2014/15 saw Thompson suffer another setback, as she suffered an injury in a fall at the Kreischberg 2015 Freestyle World Ski Championships that would force her to miss the rest of the season.
Returning from injury in 2015/16, Thompson showed no signs of ill effects, winning the first race of the campaign and going on to claim three more victories and two other podiums over the course of the season on her way to finishing second overall in the final standings.
In 2016/17 she did one better, claiming the third crystal globe of her career in a dominant season that saw her earn victories for seven of her eight podiums while never finishing lower than fifth in any competition (save for one DNF), as well as earning the inaugural Cross Alps Tour title.
At this point, the 2017/18 season is a question mark for Thompson, as a serious knee injury in autumn training will have her on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. However, with her immense strength, talent, and determination, if there is even the slightest chance that she will be able to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, she will be there and she will be in the mix come finals time.
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|1608817.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||1||1000.00|
|1608716.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||4||500.00|
|1608615.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||Qualification||4||25.00|
|1606222.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||2||800.00|
|1606121.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||5||450.00|
|1606020.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||Qualification||1||50.00|
|1605515.12.2013||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||5||450.00|
|1605414.12.2013||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||Qualification||10||13.00|
|1604707.12.2013||Ski Cross||Nakiska||CAN||World Cup||1||1000.00|