Gold medal for Serwa

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.

The Boston Pizza in Dilworth Centre was abuzz with anticipation and energy as hometown hero Kelsey Serwa stepped up to the starting gate for the final race. 

Dozens of people, including Serwa's grandparents and other family members, had gathered at the restaurant to cheer on the veteran ski racer. 

And Serwa did not disappoint.

Early on in the race Serwa broke into the lead, ahead of teammate Brittany Phelan, Switzerland's Fanny Smith and Sweden's Sandra Naeslund, and maintained the lead throughout the race.

As she crossed the finish line, the roar inside the restaurant was deafening. High-fives and hugs were given and received. 

"I'm elated for Kelsey, I held my breath the whole time," said Jennifer Large, Serwa's cousin.

"My grandmother just passed away at 106 years old and the last news she heard was that Kelsey made it to the Olympics, so I feel like Kelsey made this gold for our babcia and we knew she would, she's the best."

The final race was just one of several dominating performances from Serwa Thursday evening. She took the top spot in her 1/8 final and quarterfinal races, and came second in her semifinal, just behind teammate Phelan, before besting all when it counted. 

This was Serwa's second Olympic medal, having won silver in ski cross at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. 

With Serwa's gold and Phelan's silver medals, Canada tied the record it set in Vancouver in 2010 for most medals at a Winter Games with 26, and broke the record for most medals on foreign soil. 

ORIGINAL: 6:30 p.m.

Canadian women have finished one and two in ski cross at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., earning silver.

Switzerland's Fanny Smith captured bronze while World Cup leader Sandra Naeslund of Sweden was fourth.

The medallists had to wait several minutes for the official results to be posted as judges reviewed the race.

Marielle Thompson of Whistler who won gold four years ago in Sochi, but was eliminated in the opening heat at Phoenix Park. She fell behind shortly after the start and spun out early.

It was her first competitive event since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training run in October ahead of the World Cup season.

India Sherret of Cranbrook was also eliminated in the first heat after a fall midway down the course. She crashed into a roller and had to be taken off on a sled.

Calgary's Brady Leman won the men's ski cross race earlier this week.

– with files from The Canadian Press

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