Marielle ThompsonSki cross
In 2012, Thompson became the first Canadian to win an individual World Cup Crystal Globe in ski cross after a breakout season that saw the young skier claim six podiums in 10 World Cup races. Renowned for her strong starts, ‘Big Air Mar’ won silver at the 2013 world championships and gold at the world juniors. A former figure skater and soccer player, Thompson likes to spend her summers taking part in outdoor sports including water-skiing and sailing.
World Cup Crystal Globe - Ski cross (2012)
1st – FIS World Cup – Branas, SWE (2012)
1st – FIS World Cup – Blue Mountain, Ont. (2012)
World Cup ranking
Ski cross: 7th
North Vancouver, B.C.
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Nickname: Lots of people call me Mar. I used to get called Martank when I first started ski cross. Random people on the team called me Mar Bear.
Best moment in ski racing: My best moment in ski racing was when I won my first World Cup in Blue Mountain, Ont. I was nailing the starts and leading in all of my heats throughout the day. It was really amazing coming into the final jump and hearing the Canadian crowd cheering me on when I knew I was going to win gold on home soil. As a team that was a very successful day with Brady (Leman) and I both winning and Del (Chris Del Bosco) coming in second.
Goals for the 2012-13 season: My goal is to be more consistent in qualifying, as I was at the end of last season, and to continue to build on my success from last season. It's going to be a long season so I'm definitely going to be working on maintaining my fitness as well.
What one thing would you change about ski racing? I’d make things more regulated so, for example, you don’t get huge jumps and huge features at certain courses.
Best World Cup stop: There’s so many, but Alpe d’Huez, France, was pretty fun. The course had a lot of features. Fast and fun.
Person you look up to most in ski racing: When I was younger I looked up to (retired Canadian alpine skier) Britt Janyk. She was local and I had met her.
On your iPod: Everything, pretty much. Lots of remixes and techno. Lots of oldies, too.
Favourite movie: Pocahontas – the cartoon. And The Jungle Book – the non-cartoon version.
Hockey team: Vancouver Canucks.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? No idea . . . there are so many people.
Favourite activities other than skiing: I like skating, volleyball and soccer.
Superstitions: I’m not particularly superstitious, but if I spill salt I toss it over my shoulder, don’t walk under ladders – that kind of thing.
If a movie was made about your life, who should play the lead role? I don’t think a movie would be made about my life right now!
What’s a talent you wish you had? I wish I played a musical instrument well.
If you weren’t a skier what would you be? I would probably be at school.
Funniest thing you’ve seen in ski racing: There’s a YouTube video of a crash I was involved in. The first time you watch it, you say, “Oh my, I wonder if anyone was hurt.” Then the next time, it’s pretty funny.
Describe yourself in three words: Happy, relaxed and funny.
2nd - Are, SWE (March 2013)
2nd - Sochi, RUS ( Feb. 2013)
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
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)
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)