Olympic Ski Cross Champions seek the gold medal in Sierra Nevada 2017
The extroverted Filip Flisar (SVN), forth in the World Cup this year, defends his World Champion title obtained in Kreischberg 2015 against the main favourite, Frederic Chapuis (FRA), Olympic Champion in Sochi and this year’s World Cup winner. The Olympic champion and threefold World Cup winner Marielle Thompson (CAN), aims for the top of the podium in Sierra Nevada
Ski Cross is considered to be the star discipline of the Freestyle Ski World Championships, with its own sponsor and the highest audience ratings. Tomorrow morning both qualifications and the finals will take place in the same circuit, although slightly modified, where the Snowboard Cross competition was held a few days ago.
Three times Crystal Globe winner, Olympic Champion in Sochi 2014 and Voss World Champion in 2013, Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA) will set off tomorrow in the qualifying runs as the principal favourite to dethrone the current World Champion Filip Flisar (SVN), who closed this World Cup season in the forth position.
Men ski cross is the freestyle discipline with the biggest competence. Just as Chapuis, the Canadian Brady Leman with two victories in the last three World Cup races, arrives to Sierra Nevada as the fitter ski rider of the circuit.
In the manner of Chapuis in men, the winner of the just finished Ski Cross World Cup Marielle Thompson (CAN), current Olympic Champion, comes to Sierra Nevada as the main star and favourite for the gold medal. After seven victories this season, and ranking always above the 5th place, Thompson seeks in Sierra Nevada the only title she misses in her track record, a World Championship.
Her main rivals will be Sandra Naeslund (SWE) and the veteran Fanny Smith (SUI), World Champion in 2013 and bronze medalist in 2015. Naeslund has climbed the podium eight times this season with two victories. Smith achieved six podiums in her return to action after missing all 2015/2016 season due to an injury.