Meet Olympic Champion Marielle Thompson
At Sochi 2014 Marielle Thompson made sure the ladies’ Olympic ski cross gold medal remained in Canadian hands, successfully defending the title won by Ashleigh McIvor at Vancouver 2010. Since making her World Cup debut in 2010, Thompson has been one of Canada’s brightest ski cross stars. Next to gold in Sochi, she took silver at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and won the crystal globe in the 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons.
FIS talked to Marielle.
What where your first thoughts when you crossed the finish line in Sochi realising that you had won gold?
It is a very hard feeling to describe. It was a moment of pure joy and to know all of the time, effort, and hard work I invested payed off was very satisfying.
What has been your personal highlight since the Olympics?
I was lucky to go to our Canadian Parliament buildings and meet many notable politicians which was exciting. I was also invited to share my story at the British Columbia Legislature which was new for me. I handed out awards and announced at the Whistler Cup (world juvenile races). It was a great platform to share my Crystal Globe and Gold Medal with the young up and comers in ski racing from all over the world. Last month I was also able to go to Italy for the 40th anniversary party of my ski boot sponsor Dalbello. It was a fun filled few days touring Venice and local areas close to the factory. I've already had so many new opportunities and can't wait for it all to continue!
Where and how are you spending most of your time during the off-season?
I am spending most of my time at home in Whistler (CAN). I won't be doing anything too exciting as I'm quite happy being at home and sleeping in my own bed. Much of my training includes working out at the gym, cross country biking, running and gymnastics/trampoline.
However, if you could go for a swim anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would like to go to Greece in the summer as it looks beautiful and I've never travelled there before. It would be nice to explore a new place and experience a different culture.
You started ski racing at the age of 11. Which person has inspired you the most in your life and why?
I don't think any one person inspired me. I am very lucky to have grown up in a town with so many talented athletes to look up to including my former teammate Ashleigh. Ashleigh McIvor really made me believe that I could do so well on the world stage when she became World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist.
What are your goals for the future?
I would like to defend my Crystal Globe next season and have success at the 2015 FIS Freestyle & Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg (AUT).
Visit Marielle's Facebook page to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/mariellethompson