Marielle ThompsonSki cross
At the age of 21, Thompson added the title of Olympic champion to an incredibly impressive resume which includes being the reigning world championship silver medallist and junior world champion. In 2012 she became the first Canadian to win an individual ski cross Crystal Globe as the overall World Cup champion, a title she successfully regained in 2014. She currently has six World Cup victories to her name and 14 podiums. The Whistler, B.C., native – nicknamed 'Big Air Mar' - is renowned for her strong starts and her calmness under pressure. A former figure skater and soccer player, Thompson likes to spend her summers taking part in outdoor sports including water-skiing and sailing.
Olympic champion - Sochi 2014
World Cup Crystal Globe - Ski cross (2012, 2014)
6 World Cup wins
World Cup ranking
Ski cross: 1st
North Vancouver, B.C.
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Nickname: Mar, Marbear, Big Air.
What is your first memory of skiing? I remember skiing with my parents and my brother Broderick, hitting jumps during spring skiing. I remember going to Ski Scamps on Whistler Mountain and having a lot of fun.
What has been your best moment in ski racing? In ski cross my favourite moment would be winning my first World Cup on Canadian soil in Blue Mountain, Ontario. The sound of the crowd as I was going over the last jump was amazing. I felt so proud to be Canadian. A close second would be racing to a World Championship silver medal in Voss, Norway, in 2013.
What has been your worst moment in ski racing? I don’t think I have any worst moments. I love skiing, so when I’m on the hill, I’m happy.
What is your Olympic dream? I’ve been dreaming of going to the Olympics my whole life. When they came to my hometown of Whistler, B.C., it made me want it even more. I don’t just want to participate – I want to win and make my country proud.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? The culture is totally different to anything I have ever known so it will be an amazing adventure of learning about Russia and its people.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? I love singing, so it would have to be something I could sing to and get myself pumped up. Probably Katy Perry or Taylor Swift.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be and why? I don’t think I could pick three. I would definitely want to meet important figures of history so I could learn more about my country and its history. Ellen Degeneres would also be a fun character to have in the crowd cheering! These people would certainly get a kick from watching ski cross.
What’s a talent or skill you have that fans might be surprised to learn about? I can roll my stomach…I don’t share that with too many people.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? Ideally it would dump powder the night before, and I would go powder skiing until it was skied out. I would then head down the mountain to go skating with my family. After a winter-filled morning, I would teleport to somewhere sub-tropical and lay on the beach and swim for the rest of the day.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I have no idea at this point. In high school I was interested in geography and sciences because I like learning about the earth and how things work.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: reading, playing with my doggies, or sleeping.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? I love how tight-knit Whistler is as a community and how active everyone is as well.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: I love caramel beurre salé crepes in France. They are so delicious and great for a treat!
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? Anywhere that has enough snow to build a huge course and enough money to hire a good builder.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I wish I could fly. It would sure many going places easier.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would have two homes: one for the snow and one for the sun!
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? Explain. Too many to name.
Who is someone you admire in sport, and why? My teammates! Several of them inspired me to join the sport and helped me become the ski cross athlete I am today.
1st - La Plagne, FRA (March 2014
2nd - Are, SWE (March 2014)
3rd - Kreischberg, AUT (Jan. 2014)
1st - Val Thorens, FRA (Jan. 2014)
2nd - Innichen/San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2013)
1st - Nakiska, Alta. (Dec. 2013)
2nd - Are, SWE (March 2013)
2nd - Sochi, RUS (Feb. 2013)
1st - Gridelwald, SUI (March 2012)
1st – Branas, SWE (March 2012)
3rd – Bischofswiesen/Goetschen, GER (Feb. 2012)
1st – Blue Mountain, Ont. (Feb. 2012)
2nd – Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2012)
3rd – Innichen/San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2011)
Finishes in the top 10
4th - Are, SWE (March 2014)
5th - Arosa, SUI (March 2014)
4th - Val Thorens, FRA (Jan. 2014)
5th - Val Thorens, FRA (Dec. 2013)
5th - Are, SWE (March 2013)
8th – Telluride, USA (Dec. 2012)
8th – Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2012)
8th – St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2012)
7th – Branas, SWE (March 2011)
8th – Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2011)
8th – Innichen/ San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2010)
2014 Olympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
1st - Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
1st – Nakiska, Alta. (April 2012)
1st – Lake Louise, Alta. (April 2011)
2nd – Calgary, Alta. (March 2010)
5th – Calgary, Alta. (March 2009)
FIS World Ski Championships
2nd - Voss-Myrkdalen, NOR (2013)
15th – Deer Valley, USA (2011)
FIS Junior World Ski Championships
1st - Valmalenco, ITA (2013)
Winter X Games
5th – Aspen, USA (2012)