Marielle Thompson triumphed in the women's ski cross at the 2014 Winter Olympics, capturing Canada's eighth gold medal in Sochi.
She was joined by teammate and medal favourite Kelsey Serwa on the podium, completing a terrific one-two for the North Americans, as noted by CBC Olympics:
Here are the full results for the big final:
|Women's Ski Cross: Big Final Results|
Thompson's triumph began to look likely throughout qualification for the final. She appeared confident during her first venture onto the slopes during the day and progressed easily in the fifth heat, which will be remembered for its pushing and shoving.
Russian favourite Yulia Livinskaya appeared to barge back and forth with Alizee Baron of France, but it was the local rider who advanced. Thompson sailed through before repeating her performance all the way to the medal run.
Thompson took a comfortable lead about halfway through the final race but was closely followed by Serwa. Sweden's Anna Holmlund took advantage of a fall from Ophelie David, who missed the chance to capture bronze at the age of 37.
Although Thompson's gold medal was deserved, the Sochi course claimed more victims in a brutal contest for the prize. Canada's day wasn't perfect, as Georgia Simmerling crashed out in the quarterfinal, as Kate Pettersen of CBC Olympics details.
Simmerling laid worryingly still for a short period as she received medical attention, but she managed to return to her feet and walk off without serious injury. However, Anna Woerner of Germany was taken off the course on a stretcher after a heavy crash.
Thompson's victory followed Canada's gold-medal medal win in women's hockey, a result that appeared to inspire the skier, per Carly Agro of CBC:
Canada now have the chance to grab another gold—this time in men's curling.
The country has performed admirably throughout the Winter Games and currently enjoys third position on the medal table. The mega-powers of USA and Russia lurk ahead, but victory over Great Britain in the upcoming event would eat into the lead.
Thompson's confident win will certainly galvanise confidence ahead of Sochi's concluding action across the weekend, suggesting Canada could continue to build on a fantastic showing so far.