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Serwa, Del Bosco compete for national ski cross titles in Lake Louise

Canada Ski Cross Canadian ChampionshipsLake Louise, AB. (March 28, 2011) – World champions Kelsey Serwa and Chris Del Bosco will go hunting for more hardware this week as the 2011 Sport Chek Ski Cross Canadian Championships bring the national team’s wildly successful season to a close in Lake Louise, Alta.

Serwa, of Kelowna, B.C., racked up five World Cup podiums and was ranked third in the overall standings despite competing for much of the latter part of the year with a back injury sustained when she won gold at the Winter X-Games.

Del Bosco, of Sudbury Ont., came into the year recovering from surgery but went on a tear after winning his first World Cup race of the season in Les Contamines, France, in January. He finished the year by winning at the World Cup finals in Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway, and was second overall in the overall World Cup standings.

This week, Del Bosco, Serwa and the rest of the national team – which once again won the Nations Cup – head to Lake Louise to compete in Saturday’s Sport Chek Ski Cross Canadian Championships.

“It’s definitely a cool title,” said Del Bosco, who has been in the top four in eight straight races. “I won the first one we had in Red Mountain in 2008. I’m still healthy and will definitely try to win this one.”

Serwa, who was only 62 points back of Crystal Globe winner Anna Holmlund, of Sweden - despite missing a World Cup race in Germany to attend X Games - is anxious to earn another national title.

“I think it’s good that we have one last event,” said Serwa, who won the Canadian ski cross title in 2009 at Canada Olympic Park. “I want to end on a good note.”

The weekend action includes training on Friday, the Canadian championships on Saturday and the Canadian Open on Sunday.

“The Forzani Group Ltd. and its retail brands, Sport Chek and Sports Experts, are excited sponsors of the Ski Cross Canadian Championships being held in Lake Louise, Alberta April 1 and 2,” said Forzani Group Ltd. CEO Bob Sartor. “Ski Cross is a young, exciting alpine sport that will capture the imagination of a new generation of alpine skiers, and we are proud to be associated with the Ski Cross Team, Canadian Circuit and these Canadian Championships.”

Before the Sport Chek Canadian Championships get underway in Lake Louise, the national ski cross team will be involved in the ‘One Surface’ event at Canada Olympic Park on Thursday, March 31.

The day starts with a Fast and Female Pow Wow at Canada Olympic Park at 9 a.m. – which features Serwa, Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor and others. That’s followed by a Sport Chek ski cross clinic with members of the national team from noon to 2 p.m.

Click here for more details on both the Sport Chek Canadian Championships & Open and the One Surface event.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE: SPORT CHEK SKI CROSS CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS & OPEN, ONE SURFACE EVENT

Date

Event

Details

Time

Place

Mar-31

One Surface ski cross

Fast & Female Pow Wow

9 a.m.

COP

Mar-31

One Surface ski cross

Ski cross clinic

12 p.m.

COP

Mar-31

One surface ski cross

Media availability

2 p.m.

COP

Mar-31

One surface alpine event

Provincial dual

6 p.m.

COP

Apr-01

Ski cross Cdn Champs

Training

1 p.m.

Lake Louise

Apr-02

Ski cross Cdn Champs

Qualification

12 p.m.

Lake Louise

Apr-02

Ski cross Cdn Champs

Finals, M/L

1:30 p.m.

Lake Louise

Apr-03

Ski cross Canadian Open

Qualification

12 p.m.

Lake Louise

Apr-03

Ski cross Canadian Open

Finals

1:30 p.m.

Lake Louise

 

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:A media availability will be held with Serwa, Del Bosco, McIvor and the other members of the Canadian ski cross team, on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Canada Olympic Park. A separate media advisory will be issued on Tuesday or you can email kbradford@canski.org for more details.

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION: Click here to apply for media accreditation for the Sport Chek Canadian Championships. Photographs from the national championships will be available upon request following each race.

 

ABOUT SKI CROSS
Ski Cross made its debut in Canada in the winter of 2007, with Canada Ski Cross establishing a World Cup team for the 2008-09 season. Canada Ski Cross was officially incorporated into Alpine Canada Alpin in June, 2010. Please visit us at www.canski.org and www.canadaskicross.ca.

Published - March 28, 2011.


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