Photo: Alpine Canada

Serwa and Simmerling Finish 1-2

It looks like Christmas came a little early for Canadians Kelsey Serwa and Georgia Simmerling today at the World Cup of Ski Cross in Innichen-San Candido, Italy. Serwa struck gold to win Canada Ski Cross’ first top of the podium finish of the 2012-13 season and Simmerling finished right behind her in second place.

Serwa, reigning ski cross world champion, celebrated winning her first race since returning from injury on the same hill where she won the opening two World Cup races of last season.

“I was talking to (ski tech) Rod Honey and I told him, ‘I’m sick of losing. I’m going to win today,’ ” said Serwa, who has been trying to build her confidence from race to race after returning from a knee injury. “I’m hungry for it now. Before, I didn’t put that expectation on myself. Now, I’m ready to race.”

For Simmerling, the silver medal marked the first podium finish in her young ski cross career after making her debut in 2011 and making the switch from alpine skiing.

“I’m a little surprised but I’m super excited,” said Simmerling, whose previous best result in ski cross was a ninth-place finish in Innichen-San Candido last year. “A lot of stuff happened in front of me and I kind of worked my way around it.

“I’m excited for the rest of the season. Today taught me to ski smart.”