Gold medalist makes Moose Jaw family proud

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Women's ski cross medalists, from left, Canada's Kelsey Serwa, silver, Canada's Marielle Thompson, gold, and Sweden's Anna Holmlund, bronze, pose with their medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday.

When Marielle Thompson crossed the finish line to win gold in Sochi Friday no one was prouder than her grandmother in Moose Jaw.

Thompson, a 21-year-old from Whistler, B.C., won the women's ski cross final as she finished just ahead of fellow Canadian Kelsey Serwa.

"Well she lucked out," Pat Thompson said with a laugh when asked about her granddaughter. "She's a very professional skier. She's kind of a natural.

"It's very nice. It's very satisfying."

Pat's husband George Thompson was a surgeon in Moose Jaw.

Their son Rod, Marielle's dad, has lived in B.C. for a number of years.

"He's always been a ski bum. That's where he went right away after high school," Pat Thompson said.

"(Marielle) has another brother (Broderick) and a little sister (Tess) and they all ski their heads off. It's quite natural with them living in Whistler."

When she was in kindergarten, Marielle was already skiing six days a week.

She won all four of her races in Sochi after posting the third-fastest seed time before the elimination rounds.

Canada has won both of the gold medals given out in women's ski cross after Ashleigh McIvor won in Vancouver in 2010. Each ski cross race features four skiers who race downhill on a course that features umps, rollers and banks turns.

Marielle took in the men's hockey final Sunday as she made the most of a memorable Sochi experience.

Rod Thompson is a teacher at Whistler Secondary School. He and his wife Pam run the Bear Trail Inn, a bed and breakfast in Whistler, B.C.

He and other family members were in Sochi to watch Marielle compete.

Organizations: Whistler Secondary School, Bear Trail Inn

Geographic location: Sochi, Whistler, Moose Jaw B.C. Canada Vancouver

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  • Suzanne Rush
    February 25, 2014 - 14:23

    Wonderful! Congrats to her and her family!