Thompson takes gold, Leman captures silver at ski cross World Cup
Canada's Phelan, Serwa, Sherret finish 4th, 5th, 6th in women's event
Canada's Marielle Thompson took home gold and Brady Leman snatched silver at the final ski cross World Cup event of the season on Sunday in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.
Thompson, 26, made her move at the end of the race, passing Sweden's Sandra Naeslund for first place. Naeslund wound up taking silver, while France's Alizee Baron edged Canadian Brittany Phelan for bronze.
"I feel like I skied really well — I was behind in the final, and I knew I had lots of speed in the bottom of the course, so I tried to pump the rollers as best I could and managed to make a pass and come away with the win. I'm really happy to cap off the season that way," said Thompson.
WATCH | Marielle Thompson soars to gold:
Despite finishing third in the small final, Switzerland's Fanny Smith collected enough points to retain her overall lead and win the Crystal Globe.
Thompson, of Whistler, B.C., had 656 points to end the season third overall.
"Third place in ski cross is really awesome for me. I wanted more, but I feel like I had some really solid results. Coming back from injury, I didn't really know what to expect, so to be third in the world is pretty amazing," said Thompson.
Canada's Kelsey Serwa and India Sherret took the top two spots in the small final, ensuring top-10 overall results for both.
Meanwhile, a straightforward race on the men's side landed Leman in second on Sunday, just behind France's Jean-Frederic Chapuis.
WATCH | Brady Leman claims silver:
Bastien Midol, also of France, won bronze.
Leman, the 32-year-old Olympic gold medallist, was the lone Canadian competitor in Veysonnaz, with the second-place finish helping him land fourth overall.
"I had awesome starts all day, which was great. I really felt strong [and] had a lot of fun racing today. I was skiing for the win – I would have loved to have won, but it was a tough race so I'm really proud to finish the year strong [with a] second [place finish]," said Leman, the Calgary native.
Montreal's Chris Del Bosco rounded out Canada's presence in the top-10, finishing ninth, while Toronto's Kevin Drury finished 18th.