OLYMPIC PREVIEW: Ski Cross

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The newest event in Vancouver could perhaps be the most exciting. The field is pretty wide open, with plenty of emotional storylines. Multiple Canadian women have come out of the woodwork this year, and have a great chance at more than one medal. Mother of two Ophélie David is a pioneer in the sport, and will likely retire after this year. American Daron Rahlves switched over to ski cross from Alpine skiing recently, and discovered a late-career resurgence. Finally, Canadian Chris Del-Bosco has battled drug and alcohol problems for years, but is now both sober and a strong favourite.

Athletes to watch: Stan Hayer and Kelsey Serwa. Hayer is a longtime vet who could surprise, while Serwa – who was a longshot to make the team last year – is now ranked third in the world.

Predictions:

Women:

Gold: Ophélie David, FRASilver: Ashleigh McIvor, CANBronze: Julia Murray, CAN

Men:

Golde: Michael Schmid, SUISilver: Chris Del Bosco, CANBronze: Andreas Matt, AUT