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Skiing - 18. December 2010.

Kelsey Serwa finishes on podium in San Candido Ski Cross World Cup Opener

SAN CANDIDO, ITA (December 18, 2010)- Kelsey Serwa (Kelowna, BC) has started the 2010/2011 FIS World Cup ski cross season off by picking up the sixth podium result of her career, coming second in today ladies ski cross event in San Cadido, ITA.

For Serwa, it was redemption after finishing 12th and 19th in World Cup races in San Candido last year.

"I am in a good headspace this year," said the 21-year-old Serwa. "Last year was so much about qualifying for the Olympics and everything was about results. This year I am not too worried about the result I am just focusing on my skiing. And today I was just consistent with my runs, focusing on the process."

"I qualified eighth yesterday so I didn't get lane choice at all today. So my focus was always to get over the first roller and on the snow before everyone else. I ended up in second through each heat, and never had too much pressure from anybody behind me so I didn't have to make any risky moves," said Serwa, who now has six career World Cup podium results including three wins.

Ashleigh McIvor (Whistler, BC) was seventh today with Julia Murray (Whistler, BC) finishing 11th.

On the men's side, Nick Zoricic (Toronto, ON) led the Canadian charge finishing just off the podium in 4th.

"It was a dogfight to get there, tight racing," Zoricic said. "I am thrilled. It's a great start for me. Last year was tough because I was trying to learn so much. I was second guessing myself a lot, never really sure of myself. It takes a while. I raced alpine for years and there is no question that is different. There is a learning curve."

As for the other Canadian results, Davey Barr (Whistler, BC) took 7th, Chris Del Bosco (Sudbury, ON) managed to finish 11th and Brian Bennett (Quesnel, BC) finished 29th.

The FIS World Cup ski cross event in San Candido wraps up tomorrow with another men's and ladies race.
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