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2014 Sochi Games

Serwa: 'Wow, this really happened'

Yes Kelsey, it really happened.

Kelowna skier Kelsey Serwa won a silver medal early Friday morning in women's ski cross at the Sochi Olympics.

Serwa was fastest down the hill in the seeding run then won her heats in the 8's and the quarter-finals.

She finished second to Anna Holmlund of Sweden in the semi's and was just behind teammate Marielle Thompson in the final.

"Wow, this really happened! So proud to have stood on the Olympic podium beside @bigairmar!!! So excited, words cannot describe. Thanks to everyone who took part in this wild journey.," Serwa tweeted about 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Congratulation have been pouring in since the end of the race.

Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President of Serwa's home ski hill at Big White, says Serwa's accomplishment is a great day for everybody both on the hill and throughout the Okanagan.

Ballingall says one of the biggest thrills for him this morning wasn't even the race itself.

"One of the most emotional things for me was seeing the three generations together," says Ballingall.

"Her grandparents, her mom and dad. She's on the other side of the world - a silver medal. I don't know, for a family does it get better than that? What a great day for them."

Ballingall says the success of the freestyle ski team in Sochi over the past 10 days should have nothing, but a positive impact on the ski industry in general.

"Every boy and girl growing up has an idol in some sort of sport so we know we will get a big bounce out of this," says Ballingall.

"We really believe that people get the message that hard work does pay off. It doesn't matter what sport you're in - we're blessed because we have all these great sports in the Okanagan Valley and we know little boys and girls will be up in those terrain parks in our skier cross course."

Prior to the race, Big White posted this video for the silver medalist.

 

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