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Skiing - 16. February 2016.

Canadian Marielle Thompson Captures World Cup Ski Cross Gold

 Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., captured her fourth World Cup ski cross win of the season on Sunday in the second race of the weekend.

Canadian Marielle Thompson captures World Cup ski cross gold

Thompson led in her heats all day, finishing first all the way through. This first-place finish comes after a silver yesterday. This is Thompson’s 13th win in her World Cup ski cross career.

Anna Holmlund, the women’s ski cross overall World Cup leader, went out in the semifinals giving Thompson room to close the gap in the overall World Cup standings.

“I tried to ski my best all day today and be patient with the course. There were opportunities to make big moves on the bottom portion of the track which I capitalized on a couple times today,” said Thompson of her performance. “The track was a lot faster today and the weather was perfect. It could not have been a better day.”

Sweden’s Sandra Naesland finished the women’s final in second-place with France’s Alizee Baron in third place and Austria’s Katrin Ofner in fourth.

Louis-Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., made the big final for the first time in his World Cup ski cross career. Helie made gains, earning a spot in the big final and narrowly missed out on a podium finish. Helie finished the day in fourth-place, a personal best position.

“It’s fun to be in the finals. It’s been a goal of mine for four years to be in the spot I was today and today I really thought I could win it,” said Helie of his career-best finish. “I had some good fight in me all day and in the end, I think I was thinking about the podium a little too much. All in all I’m really happy and I stuck to my plan and I was doing what I was supposed to do in most places.”

Victor Norberg Oehling gave his home crowd something to cheer about finishing first today. Austria’s Thomas Zangerl finished in second-place, Switzerland’s Jonas Lenherr took third with Hélie rounding out the heat in fourth-place.

The small finals were stacked with Canadians with Calgary’s Brady Leman and Montreal’s Chris Del Bosco on the men’s side and Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., on the women’s side. Leman and Del Bosco led their semifinal heats and were knocked out over the final rollers to land themselves the small final.

Leman and Del Bosco finished fifth and sixth respectively in the small final heat.

Serwa placed seventh in her heat.

The Canadian Press

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