Name: Marielle Thompson
Sport: Ski Cross
Hometown: Whistler, BC
Nickname: Mar, Marebear, bigairmar
Favourite Sports Memory: Winning my first World Cup and hearing the crowd cheering for Canada as I was coming over the last jump. Nothing can top that feeling!
How you got involved in your sport: I learned to ski at the age of two and continued through the racing program and Whistler Mountain Ski Club. When I was 16 I grew tired of Alpine racing and wanted something new and exciting and ski cross fit the bill! I joined the BC Ski Cross team and worked my way onto the National team after two seasons of NorAms.
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: Watching my teammate Ashleigh win her Olympic Gold Medal.
Favourite Quote: “You’ve gotta risk it to get the biscuit.”
CAN Fund Testimonial: CAN Fund is giving me the means to live and train so I don’t have to worry about work. CAN Fund allows athletes to work their hardest and put everything they have into their sport.
-1st Blue Mountain World Cup 2012
-1st Branas World Cup 2012
-1st Grindelwald World Cup 2012
– World Cup Overall Champion 2011/2012
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: My personality allows me to stay calm and collected when in high stress situations. I can stay focused not worry and be the best I can be.
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you: My parents have taught me to always do my best and work my hardest. They taught me to have a good work ethic and this has helped me attain my goals.
Have you read any articles or books or watched any videos or movies recently that really inspired you: Andre Agassi’s book ‘Open” was a great read. It is a really interesting idea that someone who hates the sport they do can be great at it.
-I have 2 dogs Cookie and Snoopy
-I figure skated from the age of 2 or 3 until I was 17. I still go out at play on the ice from time to time.
-There is a video of me in my first year of ski cross that has become a sensation. It’s funny to watch because no one got hurt just a little bruised. I’m the one in the front!