Marielle Thompson, Kelsey Serwa win gold, silver in ski cross
Win medals in dominating fashion
Marielle Thompson won the gold medal and Kelsey Serwa took the silver with a 1-2 Canadian finish in the women's ski cross final on Friday at the Sochi Olympics.
"It's crazy. I don't think it's even sunk in yet," said Thompson. "I just had a big wave of emotion. I'm so, so happy, especially to be up there with my teammate.
"We're just having fun all day. I know Kelsey and we tried to help each other all the way down the course."
Sweden's Anna Holmlund finished third to collect the bronze.
Seven-time World Cup title winner Ophelie David of France crashed midway down the course, placing last in the four-skier final.
Thompson, from Whistler, B.C., took the lead midway down the course and held on for a strong finish ahead of Serwa, the Kelowna, B.C., native who was fifth at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Serwa almost missed the final, skiing in fourth position for much of her semifinal heat before overtaking two skiers when they faltered close to the finish. Onnly the top two skiers in each heat advance to the next round.
Ahead of Friday's race the Canadian team said they would ski for their former teammate Nik Zoricic, who died from head injuries suffered in a crash during a World Cup ski cross race in Switzerland in March 2012.
"I know Nik was with us in spirit and I am so excited right now," said Serwa. "Nik was a good teammate and a good friend and a brother. He was an amazing guy, he loved the sport and he helped us girls get to where we are."
"This one is for him."
Friday's event marked the third 1-2 finish for Canada in freestyle skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took gold and silver, respectively, in the women's moguls, while Alex Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury topped the podium in the men's moguls event.
Canada's other entry in women's ski cross, Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, B.C., was eliminated in the quarter-finals when she crashed out while trailing her heat. Simmerling stayed down for a bit, but appeared to escape serious injury.
Anna Woerner of Germany was taken off the course after a nasty fall during her quarter-final heat. There was no immediate report on the nature of her injury.
Woerner lost her balance on a jump about halfway down the course, her right knee kicking upward. She slammed to the ground and flipped side-over-side before stopping in the middle of the course.
Stephanie Joffroy of Chile also went down in the quarter-final round and was taken off the course on a sled. There was no immediate report on the injury, however Joffroy did wave to the crowd on her way down the hill.
In a training accident last weekend, Maria Komissarova of Russia fractured her spine on the course. She had emergency surgery at a hospital in the mountains and was later taken to Munich for another operation.
With files from The Associated Press