French and Canadian victory in ski cross World Cup in Les Contamines

16 January 2011 19:49

Christopher Delbosco of Canada and Ophelie David of France won ski cross World Cup event in Les Contamines today.

Delbosco finished ahead of Austria's Andreas Matt and Russia's Egor Korotkov in the men's final. Del Bosco said he felt really comfortable once he returned to the hills last October and gradually worked his way back into top form.

“Sometimes you get lucky,” Del Bosco said. “Things just worked out really well when I got back on snow.”

With the victory, he moved into second place in the overall standings behind Matt.


In the ladies final,the veteran Ophelie David thrilled the home fans by beating Canada's Kelsey Serwa and Sweden's Anna Holmlund, who was third.

As for Serwa, the podium appearance moved her into top spot in the overall standings. She said she's feeling relaxed on the course and it's paying off with results.“I'm just really focusing on myself and skiing in the moment,” Serwa said.

It has not quite gone the way of Anna in the last World Cup races, where she has most come to the quarterfinals, but today she finally got to the finals  again, despite the catchy track in Les Contamines usually does not fit her so well.
"I was really psyched today and it was fun to ride" an excited Anna said.

In the final, Anna led the first part of the track and had full control. In a flat lot she lost some momentum after being locked in a contestant. A though battle was up in the end for the first three positions. "It was a fun race and Anna looked very strong in the start-up and dominated in all heats. It was nice to see that there will be fight between the athletes, " national coach John Lindh said.

"Of course, I gladly stood at the top of the podium today, but I'm really glad that I came into the final. All around me should be commended for this, I had good skis and have had good workouts, "Anna said.