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02/22/2018 21:32 EST | Updated 02/22/2018 23:50 EST

Kelsey Serwa, Brittany Phelan Win Gold, Silver In Women's Skicross At PyeongChang Olympics

Canada wins its 25th and 26th medal of these Games, tying all-time best.

Kelsey Serwa, right, celebrates her gold medal win in women's skicross with silver medallist and teammate Brittany Phelan.
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Kelsey Serwa, right, celebrates her gold medal win in women's skicross with silver medallist and teammate Brittany Phelan.

Canadian women finished 1-2 in skicross at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Friday with Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., earning silver.

Switzerland's Fanny Smith captured bronze while World Cup leader Sandra Naeslund of Sweden was fourth.

The medallists had to wait several minutes for the official results to be posted as judges reviewed the race.

It's the second Olympic medal for Serwa, who took silver in Sochi four years ago.

"Everything today went perfect," Serwa said. "It went to plan, I executed."

"It's been such an amazing day," added Phelan. "To finish second behind my best friend and someone who's really taught me everything — it couldn't have gone better."

Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., who won gold at the Sochi Games, was eliminated in the opening heat at Phoenix Park earlier Friday.

India Sherret of Cranbrook, B.C., was also eliminated in the first heat after a fall midway down the course. She crashed into a roller and had to be taken off on a sled.

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Canada's Brittany Phelan, left, and Kelsey Serwa race in the women's skicross final.

Calgary's Brady Leman won the men's skicross race earlier this week.

It had been four long months of rehab and training for Thompson to get back in form to compete at the Winter Games after a serious knee injury in the fall.

Her Olympic return lasted just 11 seconds.

Thompson fell behind early in her opening heat and was unable to land her first jump. She appeared to lose her balance and spun out.

It was her first competitive event since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training run in October. Thompson sat out the World Cup season and returned to snow last month.

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Her comeback bid appeared to be on track. She led the 24-skier field in the seeding round Thursday at Phoenix Park.

"I'm quite disappointed with how that race went, especially having won seeding yesterday," Thompson said. "But I'm really proud that I was able to race here and to compete for Canada, so that was an accomplishment unto itself."

Thompson won her third World Cup crystal globe as overall champion last year.

Canadian women have captured the Olympic skicross title in each Games since the sport made its debut in 2010. Ashleigh McIvor of Whistler, B.C., won gold at the Vancouver Games.

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