The Audi 2016/17 FIS Ski Cross World Cup season gets underway on December 8 in Val Thorens, France with Australia’s Sami Kennedy-Sim and Anton Grimus looking for a strong start to the season.
The Aussies are turning into the home stretch before the World Cups begin by training and competing in the Austrian Championships and Europa Cup on the Pitztal glacier in the Tyrol on November 26 and 27.
The Cross Park Pitztal has emerged as a hotspot for ski and snowboard cross athletes from all over the world as it offers various start sections on a total course length of approximately one minute.
Anton Grimus fared exceptionally well in the Europa Cup over the weekend. After an opening race where he ran 22nd, he blitzed his second race coming in 5th from a field of 95.
Sami Kennedy-Sim skied a solid first race to place 13th from 44 competitors in a strong field that included winning form by Olympic Gold Medallist Marielle Thomspon (CAN) followed by multiple world champion Ophelie David (FRA).
She backed it up with 16th for her second race. Kennedy-Sim is keen to raise the bar in the 2016/17 season after four top 10’s last season.