The Perisher ski cross athlete finished the 2011 / 2012 season with a World Cup ranking of 11, ten places higher than her season end standing 12 months before, to be the highest ranked World Cup racer in the Australian squad.
After a relatively slow start to the season things changed at the World Cup fourth round at Alpe d’Huez in France on January 11, Sami bagged a personal best 6th place.
Two rounds later, she created another PB, with a fifth place and a consolation final win at Blue Mountain in Canada, her favourite World Cup location.
Sami again equaled her personal best in Branas, Sweden, on March 3, in a performance that added hefty weight to her arrival this season as an athlete with the potential to achieve a podium finish.
At the final round in Grindelwald on March 10, Sami qualified in 7th place, but the event was cancelled after the accident, and resultant tragic death, of Canadian skier, Nik Zoricic.
Qualification places were used as the event results - Sami 7th, Katya Crema 15th, Anton Grimus 39th and Scott Kneller, returning from injury, finished 49th.
The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia extends its sincere condolences to the Canadian team as well as Zoricic’s friends and family.