After returning from injury just three weeks ago, and following a 14th placing at last week’s event in Korea, the OWIA/NSWIS athlete was determined to end her season with a positive performance.
She successfully negotiated her way to the final eight, but a third placing in her Semi-Final saw the Perisher skier confined to the Small-Final. She crossed the line in third place to secure her seventh placing.
It was a break-through year for the 27 year-old, who had a number of top-10 performances.
The Women’s event was won by Sweden’s Anna Holmlund, who also took home the Crystal Globe as the 2015/16 World Cup Champion.
The sprint style event in the Swiss resort featured a complex series of bumps, rollers and jumps, but Kennedy-Sim handled the course well, particularly getting into good positions early.
“I am happy to be back in the top eight, but I wanted to reach the Big Final so bad,” Kennedy-Sim said.
“I return to Australia next week and I am already looking forward to continuing the good work into the Australian Winter season and build into an even stronger World Cup in 2016/17,” she added.
After placing ninth at last week’s Ski Cross World Cup event in Korea, fellow OWIA/NSWIS athlete, Anton Grimus, was unable to continue his recent form and was eliminated in the opening round, leaving him in 36th place overall.
The Men’s event was taken out by Semen Denshchikov of Russia.
IMAGE: Sami Kennedy-Sim training on the course in the lead up to the event in Arosa © FIS