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Thompson wins ski cross gold at Nakiska

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According to the International Ski Federation website on Saturday, Marielle Thompson of Vancouver, British Columbia won a gold medal in the women's ski cross World Cup competition in Nakiska, Alberta, an hour west of Calgary.

Thompson, the silver medalist from the 2013 World Freestyle Skiing Championships in Voss, Norway, beat Switzerland's Fanny Smith with France's Ophelie David winning the bronze medal.

On the men's side, Brady Leman of Calgary captured a bronze medal, as he finished on the podium behind gold medalist Jonas Devouassoux of France and Armin Niederer of Switzerland.

Leman and Thompson are serious medal contenders for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Both will try to continue the legacy started by Ashleigh McIvor of Vancouver, who became the first women's ski cross racer ever to win an Olympic gold medal. McIvor accomplished the feat in her hometown of Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The weather conditions in Nakiska were frigid. It has been so cold in the Rocky Mountains, that the World Cup ski cross races on Friday did not take place.

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