Canada wins gold, silver in women’s ski cross at 2018 Winter Olympics

Canada’s gold medallist Kelsey Serwa and silver medallist Brittany Phelan celebrate after the women’s ski cross final at the Phoenix Snow Park, in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 23, 2018. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Canada’s Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took home gold and silver in the women’s ski-cross event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea on Friday.

Serwa and Phelan took the one-two spots ahead of Fanny Smith of Switzerland who finished third for the bronze medal.

Serwa, 28, came back from a series of injuries to capture a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games. The Kelowna, B.C., native won X Games gold in 2016.

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The freestyle skier described becoming an Olympic champion as being “very surreal.”

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“I had a plan and executed it, and was so fired up. And to be there with my teammate and best friend Britt too,” she said after the race. “It was cool. We went one-two in Sochi and to do it again is unbelievable.”

“Not only that, to win gold on the men’s side too with our teammate Brady is really surreal. I think it speaks volumes about how strong our program is,” Serwa said.

Phelan, 26, made her freestyle ski debut at the 2014 Sochi Games and moved to the World Cup ski-cross circuit in 2016. The Mont-Tremblant, Que., native finished the 2017 season 10th in World Cup standings.

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It’s Canada’s third consecutive Olympic ski-cross gold since the event’s debut at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Fellow Canadian India Sherret took a hard crash during the women’s ski-cross competition. The 21-year-old fell hard during the preliminary heats after she lost control off a jump. Sherret was in second place in her heat when her left ski appeared to tail off in the air as the skier came off a jump.

The Cranbrook, B.C., native was on the ground for several minutes before being skied off the course on a stretcher.

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The Canadian Olympic Committee said Sherret was taken to hospital in stable condition.

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