Norberg and Serwa win at ski cross Olympic test event

Norberg and Serwa win at ski cross Olympic test event
By Sportsbeat

19/02/2013 at 20:45Updated 19/02/2013 at 21:52

Victor Oehling Norberg timed his first-ever World Cup ski cross victory to perfection as he finished top of the pile on next year's Winter Olympic slope in Sochi, Russia.

Being used as the Olympic test event the great and the good headed to Sochi to try and get a feel for the venue ahead of next year.

And if this World Cup event is anything to go by then 22-year-old Norberg could be one to watch out for as he collected his maiden World Cup victory.

Norberg had finished third twice this season, in Innichen and Grasgehren, but blew that out of the water in Russia, holding off the challenge of Canadian Christopher Delbosco and German Andreas Schauer who finished second and third respectively.

The victory has propelled Norberg into the tussle for an overall World Cup medal as he now sits fifth, 166 points off top spot.

Switzerland's Alex Fiva still leads the way in the men's competition despite finishing just off the podium in fourth in Sochi.

With four events remaining the women's competition is just as close after Canadian Kelsey Serwa claimed victory in Sochi.

Former world champion Serwa already had one victory under her belt from Innichen and repeated the feat in the Olympic test event to close the gap on overall World Cup leader Fanny Smith of Switzerland.

Smith finished third in Russia and now sits atop the leaderboard on 476 points, with France's Ophelie David 60 points further back in second and Serwa third on 401.