Marielle Thompson of Canada, former Crystal Globe winner and 2013 World Championships silver medalist, won the first Ski Cross World Cup of the season in Nakiska Snowdown, Canada, in front of her home crowd beating Fanny Smith of Switzerland taking second place followed by two French ladies, Ophelie David in third place and Marielle Berger Sabbatel in fourth.
Only one of the two races scheduled for the weekend was held, that race was a thrilling one full of action and under temperature ranging between -22 and -30 Centigrade (-7 and -22 Fahrenheit) . With her win, Thompson secured a ski cross-berth at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The two Ski Cross BornSkier ambassadors, Hedda Bernsten of Norway and Pamela Thorburn of Great Britain finished at the 27th and 35th places.
In the men’s race, it was another French, Swiss and Canadian final, as 2013 World Champion Jean Frederic Chapuis of France lined up against last year’s second overall skier Armin Niederer of Switzerland, 2011-12 second overall skier Brady Leman of Canada and the young new star Jonas Devouassoux of France, imposing himself in an exciting course. His win was not only the first victory of his career for the young Frenchman, but his first podium as well. Behind Devouassoux, Leman fought desperately to gain back some ground and made it to second place in front of Niederer who finished third, and Chapuis fourth.
The next Ski Cross World Cup event will take place in Val Thorens, France from December 12 to the 15th.