Now imagine doing it with a bunch of competitors hot on your booted heels, and you’ve got a sense of what ski cross is like — and possibly a newfound respect for Canada’s Marielle Thompson, who bested her competition in the breakneck Olympic event Friday.
We don’t use that term loosely — especially not after a Russian racer literally broke her back during while training on the dangerous course last week, and two athletes had horrifying accidents during the quarterfinal round.
But Thompson, who was third coming into the final run, got the jump on the field and rode her success all the way to a gold medal.
What Olympic event held your attention on Friday? Was it Mikaela Shiffrin (pictured at right) and her slalom victory? Short and long track speed skating? The U.S.-Canada men’s hockey match? Sound off in the comments!Follow @kimroots