Canadian Thompson wins ski cross World Cup gold; his teammate Schmidt wins bronze

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Canada’s Marielle Thompson returned to the top of the ski cross World Cup podium for the first time in more than two years on Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, while teammate Hannah Schmidt won bronze for her third consecutive podium.

Thompson, a native of Whistler, British Columbia, had collected 13 combined silver and bronze medals since her last World Cup victory in December 2021 in Arosa, Switzerland.

WATCH | Thompson and Schmidtt finish on the podium:

Thompson takes first Ski Cross World Cup victory of the season, Schmidt third

Marielle Thompson of Whistler, British Columbia, won the ski cross World Cup on Sunday and her teammate Hannah Schmidt won the bronze medal in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

After winning her quarterfinals and semifinals earlier in the weekend, Thompson won the grand final against silver medalist Fanny Smith of Switzerland, compatriot Schmidt and fourth-place finisher Saskja Lack of Switzerland .

“It feels like a long time coming,” Thompson said in a post-race interview. “I haven’t won a race in a while, so I’m thrilled.”

WATCH | Thompson talks about the victory in Switzerland:

Canada’s Marielle Thompson speaks after ski cross World Cup victory in St. Moritz

Marielle Thompson of Whistler, British Columbia, comments on her first ski cross World Cup victory of the season in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The 31-year-old’s most recent podium was a silver medal at home in Nakiska, Alta., on Saturday – a race that was won by Schmidt.

Schmidt, of Ottawa, was coming off back-to-back victories at Nakiska on Saturday and Sunday, and his third place marks his fifth podium of the World Cup season.

The 29-year-old sits first in the World Cup standings with 529 points, while France’s Marielle Berger Sabbatel is second with 480 points and Thompson third with 467 points.

On the men’s side, Reece Howden of Cultus Lake, B.C., narrowly missed the podium in the grand final, finishing behind gold medalist Simone Deromedis of Italy, silver medalist Alex Fiva of Switzerland, and bronze medalist Youri Duplessis Kergomard, of France.

Despite his fourth place finish, Howden sits second in the World Cup standings with 331 points, behind teammate Jared Schmidt’s 353 points.

WATCH | Ski cross of St. Moritz, Switzerland:

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in St. Moritz: ski cross

Watch the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup ski cross races in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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