Fourth place finish for Kennedy-Sim in Arosa
14 December 2016
SKI CROSS: Sami Kennedy-Sim has equalled her best ever Ski Cross World Cup result after finishing fourth in Arosa, Switzerland this morning.
After qualifying for the finals in 14th, Kennedy-Sim won her quarter-final and finished second in her semi to progress through to the race for the medals.
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympian was competing in back-to-back Ski Cross World Cups in Europe. Having been unable to progress past the first round of competition at the first World Cup in Val Thorens last week, she felt more comefortable with her performanc in the second World Cup.
“I was feeling strong today and had a good training run this afternoon,” said Kennedy-Sim after her final run.
“I skied really well in each heat and I am proud to have reached my second final. My starts were extremely strong, especially as I was in the worst lane choice in the yellow bib, but I held my own.
"The World Cup at Arosa has been awesome; having an event at night is always exciting and it draws a great crowd.”
Marielle Thompson of Canada won the gold medal this morning with 100 points. Poland’s Karolina Riemen-Zerebecka took out silver and Ophelie David of France won bronze.
Fellow Australian ski cross teammate Anton Grimus qualified for the final in 30th position, but managed to improve his standings to finish 24th overall.
Kennedy-Sim and Grimus’ coach Shawn Flemming said the night was full of highs and lows.
"Obviously a great day for Sami and her skiing was in great form. Hard to miss a podium but great heat skiing from her and was great to see it finally pay off.
“Heartbreaking for Anton. He had such a good start and executed perfectly. The mistake in the negative was hard to watch and obviously was the end of the race for him.”
The pair now head to Montafon in Austria for the next World Cup, kicking off in two days’ time.
“I can't wait to head to Montafon tomorrow and get straight into the fourth competition of the Cross Alps Tour,” said Kennedy-Sim.
“Our Australian Ski Cross team coaches and staff, as well as my team mate Anton Grimus, have worked really well together and I am sure we will continue this for the rest of the season."