Canadian Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic and World Cup ski cross champion, ruptured an ACL and MCL in a training crash in Switzerland.
Alpine Canada did not say when the accident happened or what Thompson’s chances are of returning to defend her Olympic title in PyeongChang.
Thompson flew from Switzerland to Vancouver for an MRI that confirmed the injury.
“I’ll be making a plan with my team moving forward and when the time is right getting back on the ski cross course stronger than ever,” Thompson said in a press release.
Thompson, 25, tore a meniscus in January 2015 and returned to competition 11 months later. She won seven of the 13 World Cup races last season.
Other Olympic medal contenders include Swede Sandra Näslund and Swiss Fanny Smith.
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The last few days have gone awfully well for Canada’s Olympic team and that trend continued with the second-ever women’s ski cross event on Friday.
Canada took the top two spots on the podium as Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa notched gold and silver respectively. Canadian Ashleigh Mclvor won gold in 2010, so this is becoming a go-to event for Canadian medals.
It wasn’t a total sweep, however, as Sweden’s Anna Holmlund won bronze.
Again, this adds to a nice recent haul for Canada. On Thursday, women’s curling team won gold while Canada’s women’s hockey team managed a come-from-behind win for gold. Friday could really add to that as the men’s curling team is in the gold-medal game while their men’s hockey team faces the U.S. in a semifinal match.
As of this writing, the Canadians grabbed 22 medals in Sochi, including eight golds.
For the second Olympics, women will compete in what should prove to be a wild and unpredictable ski cross event. The qualifying kicks off at 2:45 a.m. ET while the final round begins at 4:30 a.m. ET:
Women’s ski cross qualifying: 2:45 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
Women’s ski cross final: 4:30 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
The men’s U.S. side didn’t make it far, but there aren’t any United States competitors among the women in this event.
Canada’s Marielle Thompson is the reigning gold medalist. France might just mop up more medals in ski cross as Marion Josserand is another contender. Really, this is a pretty unpredictable event, which is also part of its charm.