Competing overnight (Melbourne time) in the second of back-back-races in Tegernsee, Germany, Grimus posted the 27th fastest time in the qualification session, which saw the 32 athletes separated by only 1.35 seconds, to advance to the knock-out rounds.
His qualification result placed Grimus against Sweden’s Victor Oehling Norberg, who was third in yesterday’s race 1 of the double header and local skier Daniel Bohnacker, who was second 24 hours earlier.
The Australian was in 4th at the end of the start section but still close enough to challenge through the next traverse.
He couldn’t get the momentum to move up a place and was forced to tuck back in to fourth
Grimus remained close enough to the leaders after the last turn but could not generate a passing manoeuvre in the last stage of the race.
Frenchman Jean Frederic Chapuis took the gold medal ahead of Slovenian Filip Flisa and Swede Viktor Andersson in third.
Grimus’s OWIA/NSWIS teammate Sami Kennedy-Sim decided to sit the day out to rest a nagging back problem.
Kennedy-Sim had physiotherapy in the morning but decided not to compete at that time.
She has booked an appointment with a doctor in Innsbruck to assess if she should compete in the last two rounds of the World Cup tour in Megeve, France, on March 13 and 14.
Kennedy-Sim said she is “optimistic for a good result and I look forward to competing in Megeve.”
Today’s race was won by Swede Anna Holmlund, with Austrian Andrea Limbacher second and France’s Ophelie David in third.
Women’s World Cup ski cross, Tegernsee, Germany
1. Anna Holmlund (SWE),2. Andrea Limbacher (AUT), 3. Ophelie David (FRA), 4. Marte Hoeie Gjefsen (NOR), 5. Alizee Baron (FRA), 6. Karolina Riemen-Zerebecka (POL), DNS Sami Kennedy-Sim (AUS).
Women’s World Cup ski cross standings after round 9
1. Anna Holmlund (SWE) 615, 2. Fanny Smith (SUI) 507, 3. Alizee Baron (FRA) 473, 4.Ophelie David (FRA) 439, 5. Katrin Ofner (AUT) 309, 6. Andrea Limbacher (AUT) 305, 14. Sami Kennedy-Sim (AUS) 168.
Men’s World Cup ski cross, Tegernsee, Germany
1. Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA), 2. Filip Flisa (SLO), 3.Viktor Andersson (SWE), 4.Jonas Lenherr (SUI), 5. Johannes Rohrweck (AUT), 6. Andreas Schauer (GER), 32. Anton Grimus (AUS).
Men’s World Cup ski cross standings after round 9
1.Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA) 587, 2. Victor Oehling Norber (SWE) 495, 3. Daniel Bohnacker (GER) 310, 4. Andreas Schauer (GER) 281, 5. Sergey Ridzik (RUS) 255, 6. Paul Eckert (GER) 255, 25. Anton Grimus (AUS) 100.