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Skiing - 12. January 2013.

Serwa 10th, in Les Contamines ski crossWorld Cup

With the schedule condensed due to heavy snowfall on Friday, the No. 1 team in the world for the past four years endured a tough start when only three racers made it through to the qualification round. Canada’s fortunes didn’t improve much in the finals.

“It was just a bad day all around. I can’t really put my finger on it,” said Eric Archer, Canada’s head coach. “This was a complete beat down. Sometimes you’ve got to take a beating and see if you can go back out there and show what you’re made of at the next stop.”

On the women’s side only Serwa – who was fourth-fastest in the qualification round – advanced to the finals. Her day ended quickly when she was third in a stacked quarter-final that also included Sweden’s Anna Holmlund and Austria’s Katrin Ofner.

Austria’s Andrea Limbacher went on to win the women’s final, with Holmlund finishing second and Switzerland’s Fanny Smith third. Smith has a huge advantage in the race for the women’s Crystal Globe as she leads the rankings with 396 points, followed by Holmlund in second (245) and Limbacher in third (238). Serwa, who sits fifth, is the top Canadian with 221 points.

On the women’s side, only the top 16 qualifiers advance. Georgia Simmerling, of West Vancouver, B.C., was 18th, Marielle Thompson, of Whistler, B.C., was 22nd, Danielle Sundquist, of Calgary, Alta., was 23rd and Mariannick Therer, of Saint-Sauveur, Que., was 24th.

Next up is the World Cup stop in Megeve, France. The qualification rounds are due to be held Jan. 15, followed by finals on Jan. 16.

“It was just not a great day,” Archer said. “We lost yesterday completely to snow. They worked on the course all day yesterday and went back out there at midnight. They did an amazing job of getting the track rebuilt.

“We will rest tonight and put ice on the sore spots, wake up tomorrow and forget about this one. I think the next course might suit us better.”

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