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The Canadian Marielle Thompson
The Canadian Marielle Thompson won the silver medal at the world Cup ski cross Innichen, Italy, on Saturday.
Thompson, the champion of ski cross to the olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, has well avenged her fourth place signed the day before in the same event. The skier from Whistler, b.c., was beaten in the final by sweden’s Sandra Naeslund, who had finished second the day before. The podium was completed by switzerland’s Sanna Luedi.
“After my fourth place of yesterday, I wanted a better result, said Thompson. I skied well yesterday, but today I was definitely a lot better. I attacked each round, and I am very satisfied with the result. “
Thompson, who is 26 years old, participated in his third super final in as many races, and it is mounted for the second time on the podium this season. It was also his 33rd career podium on the circuit of the world Cup.
Mikayla Martin of Squamish, C.-B., followed in sixth place, while Kelsey Serwa, of Kelowna, b.c., and India Sherret, of Cranbrook, b.c., resulted in the 10th and 11th levels, respectively. Martin, who is aged only 21 years, took part in his first final in her career, and she signed his best performance in career. His previous mark was a ninth position in Arosa, Switzerland, last week.
“I wanted to do my best for this last race before Christmas and I had the chance today. It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I managed to put everything together as best I could and I am proud of my final result “, summarized Martin.
Abby McEwen, Edmonton, and Brittany Phelan, of Mont-Tremblant, are they seized of the 14th and 17th ranks in the order.
A top-5 for Howden
On the male side, Reece Howden, Cultus Lake, b.c., was ahead narrowly of his teammate Brady Leman, of Calgary, to sneak into the top-5. Leman, who finished sixth, had won the bronze the day before in Innichen.
“After the first three world Cup starts, I better understand how works each sleeve, said Howden, who is 20 years old. I took the insurance and best skied in each of the tests and it all went well for me. I have made a few overflows and I feel more confident on my skis. Today, it was a very good day — it’s good for you ! “
Kevin Drury, Toronto, finished 15th, while Zach Belczyk, Banff, Alberta, Montreal-based Christopher Del Bosco and Kevin MacDonald, of Mississauga, Ontario, finished in 27th, 34th and 35th, respectively.
The competition was won by the Swiss Joos Berry, in front of the French skiers Bastien Midol and his older brother, Jonathan Midol, in order.