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Canadians Serwa and Simmerling win gold and silver in ski cross at World Cup

orgia Simmerling of Canada (L), Kelsey Serwa of Canada (C) and Katrin Mueller of Switzerland on the podium at the Audi FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Skier Cross race on Dec. 23 2012 in Innichen - San Candido, Italy. GETTY IMAGES/Mitchell Gunn.

Canadian Kelsey Serwa earned a ski cross gold medal Sunday at a World Cup, while teammate Georgia Simmerling claimed silver.

It was the first medal of the season for Serwa, who is the reigning world champion. The Kelowna, B.C., native dominated her quarter-final and semifinal before moving from last to first in a final which saw Switzerland’s Katrin Mueller spin out and French veteran Ophelie David disqualified.

Simmerling, of West Vancouver, B.C., stayed out of trouble to claim her first career World Cup podium. Mueller ended up third.

Serwa is third in the ski cross standings with 195 points behind Fanny Smith of Switzerland (336) and Norway’s Marte Hoeie Gjefsen (207).

Smith had opened the season with a run of three straight victories.

On the men’s side, Calgary’s Brady Leman failed to reach the podium for a third straight time and finished fifth. He has two silvers so far this season.

Switzerland’s Alex Fiva got his first victory this season, finishing ahead of Germany’s Daniel Bohnacker and Sweden’s Victor Oehling Norberg.

Louis-Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., finished eighth.

In ski cross, four skiers race each other down a course of jumps and bumps.