Canadians fail to hit podium in World Cup ski-cross event at Nakiska

Marielle Thompson was among members of the Canadian ski cross team unveiled at Canada Olympic Park...

Marielle Thompson was among members of the Canadian ski cross team unveiled at Canada Olympic Park on Monday Dec 3, 2012. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI AGENCY)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

Even though Canadian ski-cross racers failed to hit the podium for the first time in over a year, it’s not a sign of things to come.

With only five Canucks making it through Friday’s qualifying and into Saturday’s World Cup heats at Nakiska Ski Resort, the home side was behind the eight-ball from the git-go.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t qualify some of our top guys — Dave Duncan, Tristan Tafel, Marielle Thompson failed to qualify,” said Canadian ski-cross athletic director Dave Ellis. “It’s a matter of getting your lottery tickets in there because the more athletes in the top 32 (men) or the top 16 (women), the more chances at the podium."


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