Olympic champion Marielle Thompson's pursuit of a second skicross World Cup title will go down to the wire.
Thompson, of Whistler, B.C., was fourth in Sunday's race in Are, Sweden, while rival Fanny Smith of Switzerland finished first, cutting Thompson's lead in the overall standings to just five points with only next weekend's World Cup finals in France left to go.
Ophelie David of France was second while Vancouver's Georgia Simmerling was third.
"The overall is pretty exciting — for both the women and the men," said Thompson, who has 655 points compared to Smith's 650. "In the final, I was leading into the first turn and then Ophelie passed me and I got pushed into the powder and lost all my speed. That's how she goes sometimes."
Simmerling won her first heat Sunday and was second in her quarter- and semifinals to advance to the big final.
"It was good today. I had to fight hard and it all came together," Simmerling said. "I messed up my timing on one of the features at the end of the start and I was fourth. Then Marielle (fell back) and the three of us just ended up 1-2-3.