Double victory for Canada in Lake Placid ski cross
The FIS Freestyle World Cup Nature Valley ski cross in Lake Placid (USA) was the last competition in the event World Cup series before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
In the men's race, Canadian Chris Delbosco won, followed by reigning world champion Andreas Matt of Austria in second and David Duncan of Canada in third. Former Alpine star USA's Daron Rahlves took 4th in the Big Final while World Cup leader Michael Schmid of Switzerland captured the win in the Small Final finishing 5th.
Chris Del Bosco was the clear winner on the day after he dominated out of the start finding the hole shot in every one of his heats and successfully thwarting all challenges by skiing perfectly throughout the day eventually winning his second World Cup victory this season and the third of his career. Del Bosco commented: "I know I'm skiing well and I wanted to have a couple of good races before the Olympics, I've been building through the season. I think I've figured out some things out and now that selection is over I can go back to focusing on having fun and racing. That's why we all do it is to have fun and I think we sometimes forget that."
In the women's race Kelsey Serwa of Canada took the win, followed in second by Fanny Smith of Canada and the World Cup rankings leader and many time champion Ophellie David of France in third.
It was a challenging track that kept skiers on the edge of control the entire time and unfortunately also saw some serious injuries.
The ski cross athletes now break from competition before the Olympics.