Canada earns top spots in Alpe d'Huez ski cross after finals are cancelled
After the qualification for the 5th FIS Freestyle World Cup ski cross event was held in beautiful sunny and just perfect winter weather at Alpe d'Huez, France on Tuesday, heavy snowfall characterized the day on Wednesday. After a few postponements to clear the 40 cm of fresh snow from the course, the organizers together with the teams and FIS decided to cancel the competition in order to ensure the athletes' safety. As a result, the qualification results were declared to count as the final World Cup results for the event in Alpe d'Huez.
This turn of events proved lucky for Team Canada that had delivered a very strong qualification. Kelsey Serwa (CAN) thus took home her first victory on the World Cup circuit while Chris Del Bosco (CAN) earned his second World Cup victory and Ashleigh McIvor (Whistler, BC) continued on her podium roll posting her third podium of the season, in 3rd position.
Last season's "Rookie of the Year", Kelsey Serwa stood on the top of the podium after posting the fastest qualification time ahead of the French ski cross champion Ophelie David. When asked about the race Serwa said, "It felt pretty cool to stand on the top of the podium for sure. It's unfortunate that we didn't get to race the heats but I picked a great day to win the qualification round so that's pretty cool."
Chris Del Bosco returned to the top of the podium today after he also posted the fasted qualification time edging out the #1 ranked ski cross racer, Thomas Kraus (CZE) and Ted Piccard (FRA). Del Bosco commented, "It's just part of our sport, being a snow sport, sometimes the weather is not great sunshine and you have to race when the conditions aren't ideal; some of the other countries felt differently and it was a little frustrating, but I'll take the win."
Ashleigh McIvor stated: "I was a little disappointed that we didn't race today, I've skied in worse; I grew up in Whistler after all! We all wanted to race and determine the Ski Cross winner for the event but the fastest people on the course won today, the course is a really good course lots of air and great features and it's likely that the results after the heats would have been similar."
The FIS Freestyle World Cup in ski cross will continue at Blue Mountain (CAN) on 20th January 2010.