Thompson wins gold, Serwa silver, in skicross
The Canadian PressFriday, February 21, 2014
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Canadian women have done it again.
Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C won a gold medal and Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., captured a silver medal in women's skicross Friday at the Sochi Winter Games.
The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip. Both crossed the finish line ahead of bronze medallist Anna Holmund of Sweden.
Thompson and Serwa were among the medal favourites entering the event, with Thompson winning two World Cup races this season and Serwa collecting a World Cup win on the same course last year.
Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, B.C., was eighth in the seeding run and won her opening heat, but crashed in the quarterfinals and left the course in obvious discomfort.
The 1-2 finish allowed Canada to bookend gold-silver performances in Olympic freestyle skiing. Freestyle opened on Feb. 8 with Montreal sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe finishing 1-2 in women's moguls.
Canadians also finished 1-2 in the men's moguls two days later, with Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., winning the gold medal and Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., taking the silver.
The two medals Friday, which came a day after Canadian women won gold medals in hockey and curling, propelled Canada into second place on medal table with a total of 22 — eight gold, 10 silver and four bronze.