Injury puts Serwa's season on hold

Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa has the lead in Wednesday's World Cup race in France moments before crashing and injuring her knee.
— image credit: Pentaphoto/Alpine Canada

After a spectacular start on the 2011-12 World Cup circuit last month with two victories in Italy, the remainder of Kelsey Serwa's ski cross season is now in question.

The 22-year-old from Kelowna suffered a knee injury Wednesday after crashing in the final of a World Cup race in Alpe d'huez, France.

Serwa, who finished fourth by default, was transported off the hill by toboggan after the race and was taken to a local clinic for an examination.

The extent of Serwa's injuries won't be known until she returns to Canada next week for an MRI.

"I made it to the finals today but never crossed the finish line," Serwa said on Facebook. "I did a flat spin 360 off one of the jumps, unfortunately my knee didn't survive the crash."

Although there will be no official diagnosis until after the MRI, Serwa has been told by doctors there may be damage to the ACL, MCL and meniscus.

At the very least, Serwa is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks.

Serwa, who chose to remain in Europe for the rest of this week to support her teammates, spoke to her mom, Terri Serwa, after the mishap and was upbeat about her misfortune.

"Her spirits were pretty good when I talked to Kelsey," said Terri Serwa. "It's an inevitable part of the sport. She said if there was a good time for this to happen, it was this year, with no world championships and no Olympics. She's always been a cup-half-full kind of person."

The injury will, in all likelihood, prevent Serwa from defending her X Games title Jan. 29 in Aspen, Colorado.

Serwa won the first two races of the World Cup season Dec. 17 and 18 in San Candido, Italy.

In the third race, she placed 10th on Jan. 7 in St. Johann, Austria.


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