Serwa steps up to win gold in women's ski cross final


Canada on Friday scored a double podium as Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women's ski cross final at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics here.

It represents the second time that Serwa has won an Olympic medal as the 28 year-old claimed silver at the Sochi Games in 2014.

Serwa powered down the course taking the lead from the start and won.

A gold medal is officially coming back to Kelowna!

Four years ago, Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa came close to gold at the Olympics in Russian Federation.

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After growing up as a competitive alpine skier, Serwa, 28, switched to ski cross before the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and burst onto the scene, competing for podium spots nearly immediately.

Serwa placed second as Canadians earned the top two spots in the second semi-final.

Fellow Canadian Brittany Phelan had to battle after a slow start, but was able to fight her way into second place for a silver medal finish.

Serwa now moves on to the quarterfinals which are underway before the semi-finals are set for 5:59 p.m. with the final expected around 6:15 p.m. PST.

Canadian women have now won each of the three gold medals in women's ski cross since it became an Olympic sport at the 2010 Olympics.