Eagle-Vail's Del Bosco grabs gold for Canada at ski cross World Championship in Deer Valley

By Real Vail
Real AspenFebruary 4, 2011
Eagle-Vail's Chris Del Bosco pulled off a breathtaking move in the men's final today to surge into first and secure double gold medals in ski cross for Canada in the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah.

Del Bosco, who has dual citizenship, had to settle for silver at the X Games last week and narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was in second position in the men's final at Deer Valley and feared the worst.

"I was starting to wonder about these one-day big show finals," said Del Bosco, who was behind Austria's Andreas Matt in the early stages of the final. "I thought, 'Oh, man, I'm not going to let him win another race.' He just left the door open a little bit and I took it. It's amazing."

Del Bosco finished ahead of Finland's Jouni Pellinen and Matt. Tomas Kraus, of the Czech Republic, was fourth.

"From the beginning we wanted to make sure we put the best program in the world in place," said Eric Archer, Canada's head coach and a former Vail Valley resident. "It's up to the athletes to take advantage. Today proves they are working hard. That's phenomenal."

Kelsey Serwa, of Kelowna, B.C., climbed off the physio's table to capture gold in the women's ski cross finals, with teammate Julia Murray, of Whistler, B.C., sealing silver.

"I couldn't get out of bed two days ago and I didn't expect to win here," said a jubilant Serwa, who was injured en route to winning gold at the X Games last weekend when she lost control on the last jump and crossed the finish line on her back. "I couldn't be happier right now."

Murray, who hurt her knee and needed four stitches in her chin after also crashing at the X Games, kept her cool during a hard-fought women's final to take second place ahead of Anna Holmlund of Sweden.

"I'm really excited," she said. "I've been struggling with my knee all year and I hurt it again last week. I really didn't expect to podium."

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