Canada’s Marielle Thompson celebartes winning a silver medal in women’s ski cross during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in Zhangjiakou, China, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s Thompson wins silver in women’s ski cross at Beijing Olympics

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Canada’s Marielle Thompson has won the silver medal in women’s ski cross at the Beijing Olympics after finishing second in a drama-filled final.

Thompson, from Whistler, B.C., made a late push in the big final to finish behind Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund, who led the race from wire to wire.

Switzerland’s Fanny Smith appeared to win the bronze medal, but she was disqualified after a lengthy post-race review.

Germany’s Daniela Maier was awarded the bronze following Smith’s disqualification.

It’s the second Olympic medal for Thompson, who won ski cross gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Canada had four skiers in the semifinals, but only Thompson advanced to the big final.

Pyeongchang silver medallist Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., won the small final to finish fifth. Courtney Hoffos of Windermere, B.C., was sixth and Ottawa’s Hannah Schmidt was seventh.

Schmidt and Thompson had the fourth and fifth best times respectively in the seeding round.

Phelan and Hoffos were not far behind them, finishing the seeding seventh and eighth.

Both Phelan and Thompson are returning to the Olympics after devastating injuries earlier this season.

Phelan blew out her knee in February 2020 in Megève, France, when she overshot a jump and landed on one leg.

Thompson tore her anterior cruciate ligament in March, disrupting her 2021-22 training plan.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 17, 2022.

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