02/22/2018 15:42 EST | Updated 02/22/2018 15:47 EST

Reigning Olympic champ Thompson eliminated in early skicross heat at Games

BOKWANG, Korea, Republic Of — It has been four long months of rehab and training for Canada's Marielle Thompson to get back in form to compete at the Winter Games after a serious knee injury last fall.

Her Olympic return lasted just 11 seconds.

Thompson fell behind early in her opening heat at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday morning and was unable to land her first jump. She appeared to lose her balance and spun out.

It was her first competitive event since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training run in October. Thompson sat out the World Cup season and returned to snow last month.

Her comeback bid appeared to be on track. She led the 24-skier field in the seeding round Thursday at Phoenix Park.

India Sherret of Cranbrook, B.C., was also eliminated in the first heat after a fall midway down the course. She crashed into a roller and had to be taken off on a sled.

Sochi silver medallist Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., both advanced into the quarterfinal round. The semifinal and big final were also scheduled for later Friday. 

Thompson won her third World Cup crystal globe as overall champion last year.

Canada's Ashleigh McIvor won gold when skicross made its Olympic debut at the Vancouver Games. Brady Leman became the first Canadian to reach the men's skicross podium at the Games when he won gold earlier this week.


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