Road To The Olympic Games


Marielle Thompson wins ski cross gold at world championships

Canada's Marielle Thompson claimed ski cross gold at the freestyle skiing & snowboard world championships in Solitude, Utah.

Brady Leman, Kevin Drury win silver and bronze on men's side

Canada's Marielle Thompson, pictured here in the 2018 Olympics, claimed ski cross gold at the freestyle skiing & snowboard world championships in Solitude, Utah on Saturday. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Canadian ski cross star Marielle Thompson raced to a gold-medal at the freestyle world championships on Saturday while Calgary's Brady Leman won silver on the men's side in Solitude, Utah.

Thompson, from Whistler, B.C., beat Switzerland's Fanny Smith across the finish line in the four-woman final.

Alizee Baron of France was third while Sanna Luedi of Switzerland was fourth.

WATCH | Marielle Thompson races to world championship gold:

Thompson edged out Switerland's Fanny Smith at the line to take home the gold medal in the women's ski cross final at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Solitude, Utah. 3:21

Smith got the early lead on Thompson, but the Canadian rallied late to claim her world championship title.

Leman, the reigning Olympic champ, finished second in the men's final behind Francois Place of France. Toronto's Kevin Drury took bronze.

WATCH | Canadians Brady Leman and Kevin Drury finish second and third:

Calgary's Brady Leman raced to a silver medal in the Men's Ski Cross final, while Kevin Drury of Toronto took the bronze medal. 3:55

The 26-year-old Thompson, who tore her ACL and MCL four months before the 2018 Olympics, finished 17th in Pyeongchang. She won gold at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Canadian OK after scary fall

Canadian Mikayla Martin is in "stable condition" and was discharged from a Utah hospital following a scary fall during her run, according to Alpine Canada.

"Martin sustained a suspected head injury on the course, and was transported to the clinic at the base of the course for initial assessment," Alpine Canada said in a press release. "The team physician recommended that she be airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital for further testing; those initial tests were negative, and she is in stable condition."

"[She] will be re-assessed and monitored by the team physiotherapist and team doctor."

WATCH | Mikayla Martin's ski cross fall

The Squamish, BC native fell hard after a jump early in her run at a ski cross World Cup event in Park City, Utah. 0:24

Broadcast Partners


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.