With all three of the Aussie female Australian Institute of Sport / NSW Institute of Sport athletes qualifying for the finals, expectation were strong but overall results at the end of the day were not as positive.
Jenny Owens’ finished with an overall result of 25th, after starting the day with a season equal best 12th fastest qualifying time.
Sami Kennedy Sim was 18th fastest in qualifying but had to settle for 27th overall.
Owens and Kennedy Sim were knocked out of the event in the round of 32 while Crema finished a comfortable 2nd before going out in her quarter final.
To add to the squad’s difficulties, Australia’s number one male ski cross athlete, Scott Kneller, injured an ankle and will fly back to Australia for further examinations and treatment.
The injury occurred during training when Kneller caught an edge of his ski and fell.
It is not known if his ankle will prevent him from competing in the next stop of the World Cup circuit, in Grasgehren, Germany, on February 2.
Anton Grimus, a podium finisher in Nakiska, Canada, in his first World Cup event of the season in December, had a day he would like to forget posting a 54th placing.
The men’s event was won by American John Teller, with Fin Jouni Pellinen in second and Swiss skier Armin Niederer in third.
The women’s event was won by Germany’s Anna Woerner, ahead of Canadian and World Champion Kelsey Serwa and Frenchwoman Ophelie David in third.