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WATCH LIVE: Women’s ski cross, featuring Marielle Thompson

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Alizee Baron of France, left, Marielle Thompson of Canada, second left, Jorinde Mueller, second right, and Fanny Smith, both of Switzerland, perform during the small final of the women’s ski cross World Cup event of Val Thorens, French Alps, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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For the second Olympics, women will compete in what should prove to be a wild and unpredictable ski cross event. The qualifying kicks off at 2:45 a.m. ET while the final round begins at 4:30 a.m. ET:

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Women’s ski cross qualifying: 2:45 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Women’s ski cross final: 4:30 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

The men’s U.S. side didn’t make it far, but there aren’t any United States competitors among the women in this event.

Canada’s Marielle Thompson is the reigning gold medalist. France might just mop up more medals in ski cross as Marion Josserand is another contender. Really, this is a pretty unpredictable event, which is also part of its charm.

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