Sports Briefs: Whistler's Thompson second at Blue Mountain 

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - Marielle Thompson (third from left) shown after a win in Austria earlier this season, placed second at Blue Mountain on Jan. 26.
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  • Marielle Thompson (third from left) shown after a win in Austria earlier this season, placed second at Blue Mountain on Jan. 26.

Whistler's Marielle Thompson continued her impressive comeback season following a serious injury with another podium result on Canadian soil on Jan. 26.

Thompson placed second in the FIS World Cup ski-cross race at Ontario's Blue Mountain, behind only Switzerland's Fanny Smith, extending her slim Crystal Globe lead in the process. The result was Thompson's fourth top-three result in six events this season, and she's made the big final in every competition this season.

Smith passed Thompson late to keep the 26-year-old from her first win of the season.

"I think I skied really well in every heat. I made a bit of a mistake over the jump into the second-last turn in the final, and that definitely cost me," Thompson said in a release. "But I'm really happy to be on the podium in Canada–it's such a great crowd out here. It's so exciting."

Meanwhile, Brittany Phelan was fourth, Kelsey Serwa was ninth, India Sherret 11th, Zoe Chore 16th and Thompson's fellow Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumnus Mikayla Martin 19th. Canadians Hannah Schmidt, Alexa Velcic and Courtney Hoffos also made the top 30 in 27th through 29th in order.

On the men's side, Canada's Brady Leman scored a victory over France's Bastien Midol and Austria's Johannes Rorhweck. Other Canucks included Kevin Drury in fifth, Reece Howden in seventh and Chris Del Bosco in 18th.

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