Canada's Kelsey Serwa (front) wins Gold ahead of Canada's Brittany Phelan in the women's ski cross big final during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Phoenix Park in Pyeongchang on February 23, 2018. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE
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Kelsey Serwa pulled away from compatriot Brittany Phelan to claim ski cross gold Friday as Canada secured a one-two finish ahead of Switzerland's Fanny Smith, who edged out Swede Sandra Naesland in a bustling battle for bronze.The 28-year-old Serwa improved on her silver medal from Sochi four years ago but it was a bittersweet event for the Canadians after reigning champion Marielle Thompson crashed out in the first heat, catching the ski of Sweden's Lisa Andersson.A silver medal is Phelan's reward for switching from Alpine skiing after competing at Sochi and she praised Serwa for teaching her the intricacies of ski cross.Smith argued that it was just part of the sport.
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