Whistler Secondary School was buzzing with excitement Friday (Feb. 21) morning as students celebrated local Marielle Thompson's Olympic gold medal.
Thompson, who graduated from the school in 2010, grabbed the top podium spot in women's ski cross. Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa, meanwhile, earned silver.
“When one of our own does well, the whole school celebrates,” said principal Bev Oakley. “It's a family affair… We watched the race with Marielle winning and then we watched the medal ceremony and the whole school sang 'O Canada' along with Marielle. She started to cry then we all started. It was crazy.”
Thompson's sister Tess, a Grade 11 student at the school, stayed up until 3 a.m. to watch the final. “I'm super stoked,” Tess said, hours later at school. “My friend and I stayed up to watch and we were just yelling at the TV… I think I'm still up on adrenaline.”
She spoke to her sister briefly after the win, but will have to wait until next week to celebrate in person. “At first I was just kind of shocked,” Tess said. “It still hasn't sunk in that she's best in the world.”
Ashleigh McIvor, another WSS grad, won gold in ski cross in 2010, the year the event made its Olympic debut.