Previewing the unpredictable women’s ski cross

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Canada’s Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic champion, is returning from injury. Just four months ago, she underwent surgery on her ACL and MCL, which she ruptured in a crash in October. For obvious reasons, Thompson has not raced a lot this season, leaving many to wonder if she’s back to full health. On Tuesday, Thompson laid to rest some of those questions when she tied Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund for the fastest time in training.

Her biggest competitor for gold is Naeslaund. Naeslund has a streak of 13-straight podiums dating back to last season. She already has five wins for the 2017-18 season, ensuring she will win the ski cross crystal globe with only three races left. She will become the first ski cross racer to take the freestyle overall globe in almost ten years.

There are no American women competing in the event.

In the unpredictable sport of ski cross, the only thing predictable is that come race day, anything can happen, and like the men’s ski cross saw, anyone can find themselves on the podium.

Live stream women’s ski cross finals here on Feb. 22 at 8:00p.m. EST.