Marielle Thompson is one of the most successful ski cross athletes in the world.  Now 24, she is the reigning Olympic Champion and was instrumental in Canada Ski Cross reclaiming the coveted Nations Cup this season.  In 2012, she became the first Canadian to win an individual ski cross Crystal Globe as the Overall World Cup Champion, a title she successfully reclaimed in 2014 with an exciting finish at World Cup finals in France.  Thompson currently has 13 World Cup victories to her name and a total of 23 World Cup podiums.  The Whistler, B.C., native – nicknamed ‘Big Air Mar’ – is renowned for her strong starts and her calmness under pressure.  Thompson finished the 2015-2016 season ranked second overall in the ski cross World Cup standings, claiming 4 World Cup wins, 2 second place finishes, and a silver medal at Winter X Games.  In March 2016 she finished her competitive season winning the title of Canadian Champion for the fourth time.

A former figure skater and soccer player, Thompson likes to spend her summers playing softball, trail running, and is trying to improve her mountain biking skills.

A Brief History:

In 2012, Marielle Thompson became the first Canadian to win the coveted Crystal Globe in the sport of ski cross in only her second season on the World Cup circuit. This breakout season marked several firsts for Thompson including first World Cup podium and shortly after that first World Cup win!

Marielle won the Sochi 2014 Olympics in Ski Cross and finished off her season winning the final World Cup race and taking home the Crystal Globe for the second time in her career.

In 2015 after winning the first three World Cups of the season Thompson injured her knee in the semi finals of the World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria. Thompson had her knee surgically repaired shortly after and spent the following 5 months working in the gym with her trainer and physiotherapist to get back to skiing shape.

Coming back from injury this season Thompson came back with a bang winning the first World Cup of the season in Montafon, Austria. She went on to win three other World Cups and two 2nd place finishes helping her to finish 2nd Overall on the Ski Cross World Cup this season. It was a great season for the entire Canadian Ski Cross Team as they won the coveted Nations Cup meaning Canada was the top nation on the circuit.

2016 Nations Cup Winners

SKI CROSS WORLD CUP 2015/2016 - Arosa (SUI) - (L-R) Christopher Delbosco, Marielle Thompson and Brady Leman (Can) celebrating the victory of the first Canadian team - March 04.03.2016. (Pier Marco Tacca/Pentaphoto)

2016 2nd Overall World Cup


2014 Crystal Globe Winner

LA PLAGNE, FRANCE - MARCH 23: Marielle Thompson of Canada wins the Overall Ski Cross World Cup globe Ski Cross on March 23, 2014 in La Plagne, France.

2014 Olympic Gold Medallist


2013 World Championship Silver Medallist


2012 Crystal Globe Winner


Marielle Thompson. Olympic Gold Medallist 2014. Canadian Ski Cross Team. World Cup Overall Ski Cross Champion 2012 & 2014. World Championships Silver Medallist 2013. Junior World Champion 2013.

About Marielle

Birth date: June 15
Age: 24
Whistler, B.C.
Ski club: Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Made the Canadian National team: 2010

Q&A With Marielle


Most of my teammates call me Mar (shortened version of Marielle). I’m also sometimes called Big Air Mar and Mar Bear.

Best moment in ski racing

Winning the Olympics in Sochi. A close second is winning my second Crystal Globe.

Worst moment in ski racing:

Crashing in Kreischberg, Austria in 2015. I knew I had injured my knee and wasn’t able to finish the season.

What one thing would you change about ski racing?

I would make sure all of the course builders know what they are doing so that we get really high quality courses all the time.

Best World Cup stop:

Val Thorens, France. They always have a fun course and it makes for a good race. The community loves ski cross as well so there are lots of fans out to support us!

Person you look up to most in ski racing:

When I was growing up it was always Britt Janyk. She is from my hometown of Whistler and was really successful on the speed side of the World Cup circuit. Now I look up to my teammates as they push me to be the best and help me along the way.

On your iPod?


Favourite activities other than skiing:

I like skating, volleyball, softball, soccer, and am working on getting better at mountain biking.

What’s a talent you wish you had?

I wish I was a better parallel parker.