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Freestyle Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's Ski Cross

Freestyle Skiing at the 2010 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 23, 2010
Date Finished: February 23, 2010

Gold: CAN Ashleigh McIvor
Silver: NOR Hedda Berntsen
Bronze: FRA Marion Josserand

Summary

There were several favorites going into the inaugural Women's Skier-Cross event at the Winter Olympics. The top three podium spots at the Winter X Games in January (where the sport is known as "Skier X") went to [Ophélie David] of France, and Ashleigh McIvor and Kelsey Serwa of Canada respectively. Each also had at least one victory during the 2009-2010 World Cup circuit, and McIvor entered the event as the 2009 World Champion. A fourth skier, Anna Holmlund of Sweden, was also a serious contender, having won the first two events of the latest World Cup season.

A serious crash by Yuliya Livinskaya during the first heat of the 1/8 final placed the event on hold for some time, while a later one by David during the 1/4 final placed her out of contention for a medal. Then, in a somewhat surprising turn, both Selwa and Holmlund, who were in the same heat, failed to advance to the final round, placing third and fourth respectively. This left McIvor as the final favorite and top remaining qualifier and she did not disappoint, capturing the gold medal ahead of Norway's Hedda Berntsen and France's Marion Josserand and never failing to lose the lead. McIvor, a native of Vancouver, had written an essay at the University of British Columbia as to why Skier-Cross should be an Olympic sport and, shortly prior to her victory, had claimed that it was her "destiny" to win gold in 2010.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ashleigh McIvor 26 Canada CAN Gold
2 Hedda Berntsen 33 Norway NOR Silver
3 Marion Josserand 23 France FRA Bronze
4 Karin Huttary 32 Austria AUT
5 Kelsey Serwa 20 Canada CAN
6 Anna Holmlund 22 Sweden SWE
7 Fanny Smith 17 Switzerland SUI
8 Julie Jensen 19 Norway NOR
9 Ophélie David 33 France FRA
10 Magdalena Iljans 40 Sweden SWE
11 Marte Høie Gjefsen 20 Norway NOR
12 Julia Murray 21 Canada CAN
13 Jenny Owens 31 Australia AUS
14 Saša Farič 25 Slovenia SLO
15 Katya Crema 21 Australia AUS
16 Karolina Riemen 21 Poland POL
17 Anna Wörner 20 Germany GER
18 Katrin Müller 20 Switzerland SUI
19 Danielle Poleschuk 24 Canada CAN
20 Heidi Zacher 21 Germany GER
21 Sophie Fjellvang-Sølling 28 Denmark DEN
22 Noriko Fukushima 30 Japan JPN
23 Katrin Ofner 19 Austria AUT
24 Andrea Limbacher 20 Austria AUT
25 Julia Manhard 22 Germany GER
26 Katrin Gutensohn 43 Austria AUT
27 Gro Kvinlog Genlid 33 Norway NOR
28 Chloé Georges 29 France FRA
29 Franziska Steffen 28 Switzerland SUI
30 Mitchey Greig 21 New Zealand NZL
31 Rocío Delgado 32 Spain ESP
32 Yuliya Livinskaya 19 Russia RUS
33 Ruxandră Nedelcu 25 Romania ROU
34 Sarah Sauvey 26 Great Britain GBR
35 Sanna Lüdi 23 Switzerland SUI