Calgary, AB. (Mar 23, 2024) — Marielle Thompson (Whistler, BC) won today’s women’s FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals in Idre Fjäll (SWE) and with the win Thompson locked-up the season standings to capture the Crystal Globe. This is Thompson’s fourth career Globe, the others coming in 2012, 2014 and 2017. With her fourth Globe, Thompson is now tied for first all-time in ski cross Globe wins.   

Under an overcast sky in Idre, Thompson led a strong Canadian performance that saw Brittany Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, QC) share the podium with Thompson in third place and Reece Howden (Chilliwack, BC) finish second in the men’s race. Howden also finished second in the season standings, narrowly missing out on his third career Crystal Globe.

This is Thompson’s sixth win this season and the 31st of her career adding to her 67 podiums in 136 World Cup starts. She was also world champion in 2019 and captured Olympic Gold in 2014.

“It’s really special to win a fourth Globe,” said Thompson. “It’s a real privilege to race against these women and it means a lot to finish on top. This season has been a struggle, and my crash in seeding on Thursday was another struggle. We have a great team and they got me healthy enough to be able to race this weekend.”

“I love Idre. This place is special and the people are special, to win here and to get the Globe here is amazing!”

Phelan’s third place finish today, her fourth podium in a row and the 20th of her career, puts her in third place in the season standings. Canada had four women in the top eight today with Tiana Gairns (Prince George, BC) winning today’s small final to finish fifth and India Sherret (Cranbrook, BC) in seventh. Abby McEwen (Edmonton, AB) placed 12th today.

For Howden, his second place today is his sixth podium in a row in Idre and gives him 21 podiums in 59 World Cup starts.  Canada’s other men racing today were Jared Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) in sixth and Carson Cook (Edmonton, AB) in 23rd.

“Feel like I did all I could today and I’m happy with my skiing,” said Howden. “David (Globe winner David Moabaerg (SWE) skied great today and earned the Globe. Overall I’m happy with my season. I feel like I missed a couple of opportunities to get some important points but I battled hard and I’ll come back stronger next season.”

With today’s result’s Canada wins the Nations Cup for ski cross presented to the country that tops the FIS standings. This is Canada third Nations Cup win in a row, it’s seventh in nine seasons, and Canada has now won 11 of the 17 times that the Nations Cup has been presented.  

Next races: (link to FIS Calendar)

Alpine World Cup Finals wrap up Mar 24.

Para-alpine World Cup Finals continue through March 25.  

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