Holmlund wins in Branas and takes the overall ski cross WC lead

13 March 2011 16:25

Anna Holmlund (SWE) could celebrate her fourth World Cup win today and overtook Heidi Zacher (GER) in the overall World Cup lead. Canada’s Kelsey Serwa stayed in the hunt for the overall ski cross World Cup title Sunday with a second-place finish in Branas, Sweden, while Norwegian Marte Hoie Gjefsen came in third.


Before the World Cup competition today, Anna Holmlund was currently second in the overall World Cup lead, behind Heidi Zacher. Both girls met in the semi finals and managed to go through to the finals. They met the current World Ski Champion and number three on the overall World Cup ranking, Kelsey Serwa and Marte Hoie Gjefsen. Holmlund had a great start and was able to keep the lead all the way down to the finish line.


"It was a great day. Winning in front of home audience is always something special" John Lindh, national coach said.


World champion Serwa, was runner-up in the women’s final at the penultimate races of the World Cup season. She will be joined by the rest of the top athletes at the World Cup finals at Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway, next weekend, where Serwa will battle Sunday’s winner Anna Holmlund, of Sweden, and Germany’s Heidi Zacher for the overall World Cup crown.


“It goes down to the last race. Kelsey is still in the running,” said assistant coach Brent Kehl. “She has been racing well all year long, with injuries. She’s been a trooper and don’t forget that we missed one World Cup (in Germany, to attend X Games), so I think she would be very deserving of the overall title.”

Serwa was hot on Holmlund’s heels throughout Sunday’s final but wasn’t able to pass her at the bottom.


Serwa, the X Games gold medalist, remains third in the overall World Cup standings with 530 points, behind Zacher (567) and new leader Holmlund (572).