Grimus, who was determined to avoid his frustration of missing the finals on day one, finished in 16th overall in Sunday’s event and heads to Tergemsee in Germany for next weekend’s rounds eight and nine on the World Cup calendar with the confidence of winning through to today’s quarter finals.
Kennedy-Sim, who finished 11th on day one, recorded the same overall position on day two.
The men’s final was won by Frenchman Jean Frederic Chapuis, Switzerland’s Alex Fiva was second and German Paul Eckert was third.
Hometown hero Anna Holmlund took the women’s gold ahead of Czech Andrea Zemanova and Austria’s Andrea Limbacher in third.
Grimus started the day by finishing in 31st place in the qualification session with a run that “didn’t look completely comfortable” according to coach Shawn Fleming.
While the qualification placing was not Grimus’s normal hard charging performance, he strengthened his resolve and won his first final, coming from third place for most of the heat.
In the next round, the quarter finals, he attempted several passing but was not able to generate the speed to move into one of the two positions to advance to the semis.
Kennedy-Sim’s qualification saw her set the second fastest split in the upper third of the course but she was unable to continue the pace in the mid-section, which gave her 14th fastest time for the session.
Kennedy-Sim was drawn against tough opposition in Limbacher, Switzerland’s Fanny Smith and Norwegian Marte Hoeie Gjefsen in a quarter final, however, she started well, tucking into second place.
After holding second for the first two turns, Smith and Kennedy-Sim bumped each other, resulting in the Australian being push off the fast line through the next section.
Kennedy-Sim lost a little speed and her second place position forcing her to settle for third. With only the first two places progressing to the semis, Kennedy-Sim’s day was brought to an end.
Kennedy-Sim and Grimus head to Germany straight away to prepare for their third double header weekend in as many weeks.
Kennedy-Sim admitted that she “felt pretty flat and quite fatigued” going into today’s race.
“I was really struggling to maintain my pace throughout the track,” she said.
“I was really fast in the upper part in qualification and then falling apart a little in the second half but I’m happy to improve my 14th in qualification to 11th overall again and can’t wait to race again in Germany.”
Women’s World Cup ski cross, Are, Sweden
1. Anna Holmlund (SWE), 2. Andrea Zemanova (CZE), 3. Andrea Limbacher (AUT), 4. Fanny Smith (SUI), 5. Ophelie David (FRA), 6. Margarethe Ashauer (GER), 11. Sami Kennedy-Sim (AUS)
Women’s World Cup ski cross standing, after round 7
1. Anna Holmlund (SWE) 455, 2. Fanny Smith (SUI) 407 3. Alizee Baron (FRA) 348, 4. Ophelie David (FRA) 329, 5. Marielle Thompson (CAN) 300 6. Katrin Ofner (AUT) 228, 12 Sami Kennedy-Sim (AUS) 152.
Men’s World Cup ski cross, Are, Sweden
1. Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA), 2. Alex Fiva (SUI), 3. Paul Eckert (GER), 4. Terence Tchiknavorian (FRA, 5. Louise-Pierre Helie (CAN), 6. Sylvain Miaillier (FRA), 16. Anton Grimus (AUS).
Men’s World Cup ski cross standing, after round 7
1. Victor Oehling Norberg (SWE) 417, 2. Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA) 387, 3. Andreas Schauer (GER) 221, 4. Bastien Midol (FRA) 220, 5. Sergey Ridzik (RUS) 208, 6. Daniel Bohnacker (GER) 204, 19.Anton Grimus (AUS) 100.