Canadian wins gold in Olympic debut of skicross

Ashleigh McIvor has won Canada 's sixth gold medal of the Vancouver Games, defeating Hedda Berntsen of Norway in the final of the Olympic debut of women's skicross.

McIvor, who grew up in Whistler and is ranked second in the world, stayed out of trouble on the snowblown course at Cypress Mountain on Tuesday and won the final going away.

Marion Josserand of France took the bronze.

Ophelie David of France came in as the top-ranked skicrosser in the world but lost her balance on a jump in her quarterfinal and fell hard. Canadian contenders Julia Murray and Kelsey Serwa also were eliminated before the final.