Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa capped off a banner year on the international ski cross circuit with a silver medal at the final race of the FIS World Cup season Saturday in Norway.
The result gave the 21-year-old from Kelowna a third-place overall showing in the 2010-11 World Cup standings.
Serwa entered Saturday’s race with an outside chance of claiming the overall title, but her second-place result means she finished with 610 points, just behind Sweden’s Anna Holmlund (672)—who won Saturday’s race—and Germany’s Heidi Zacher (612), who was fifth on Saturday.
“In the first two heats, I got out in front. The course is really technical,” said Serwa. “I was a little bit ahead of Anna but she was on the inside and got a little bit ahead. I kept waiting for a spot to pass. I was hoping for something but she was a little too far away. I’m pretty happy. I don’t have anything to complain about.”
Serwa’s result tops off a hugely successful season that saw her win both Winter X Games and the world championships—her main two goals for the year. For the past six weeks Serwa has been skiing hurt, after she suffered a back injury en route to winning the X Games.
“My body feels pretty good now. Perfect timing,” said Serwa, laughing.
On the men’s side, Canadian Chris Del Bosco won the men’s race and placed second overall in the season point standings.
The results helped Canada claim the overall World Cup team title.
“Being able to come out as the best team, it says a lot about the program,” said head coach Eric Archer, whose team skipped a World Cup race in January in order to attend the Winter X Games. “That’s huge with all the injuries we’ve had and with missing an event. I’m proud of everyone.”
Serwa and her Canadian mates will wrap up the season at the national championships April 2 and 3 at Lake Louise.