Switzerland's Fanny Smith and France's François Place have been confirmed as the top seeds following ski cross qualification at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in Idre Fjäll in Sweden.
In the women's qualification, Olympic bronze medallist and World Cup leader Smith finished top of the standings with a time of 1min 17.27sec, closely followed by Swedish 2017 world champion Sandra Näslund.
Katrin Ofner of Austria and France's Alizée Baron were more than two seconds adrift of Smith and complete the top four, who will all have favourable routes to the final.
Canada's Tiana Gairns, France's Marielle Berger Sabbatel, Switzerland's Talina Gantenbein and Canada's Courtney Hoffos are seeded fifth to eighth.
Reigning world champion Marielle Thompson of Canada qualified 10th for the finals.
Smith and Baron won silver and bronze behind her in 2019.
A total of 16 competitors qualified for the knockout finals, which are scheduled for Saturday (February 13).
Defending World Champion Francois Place wins today's SX qualies in #idrefjäll2021 ahead of Saturday's World Championship finals😎🔥💥— FISfreestyle (@FISfreestyle) February 10, 2021
Top 32 men are qualified💪#fisfreestyle #skicross #worldchamps #idrefjäll2021 pic.twitter.com/8B6ISbQmBg
Place recorded the fastest time in the men's qualification by more than half a second with a finishing time of 1:11.26.
Within a second of the Frenchman was Sweden's David Mobärg, who won the first FIS Ski Cross World Cup race of the season and Swiss skiers Jonas Lenherr and Alex Fiva.
Place is the reigning world champion from 2019, while defending silver medallist Brady Leman of Canada qualified in 13th.
Bronze medallist in 2019, fellow Canadian Kevin Drury, is missing the Championships following a leg injury in a race in late December.
France's Bastien Midol, Germany's Niklas Bachsleitner, France's Jean Frederic Chapuis and Canada's Reece Howden were seeded fifth to eighth after qualification.
Howden is currently leading the men's ski cross World Cup standings.
A total of 32 competitors have qualified for the finals.