After qualifying 12th fastest for today’s finals, Kennedy-Sim didn’t let a yellow flag and subsequent re-run in her quarter final affect her, as she progressed through to the semi-final.
“I am still unsure why there was a yellow flag; I was furious when we got flagged, but instead of being distracted, I got mad and wanted to win even more,” Kennedy-Sim said.
Finishing fourth in her semi, Kennedy-Sim qualified for the small final, and in an even race, finished second and therefore an overall sixth place.
“It was tight racing and I made some errors but am happy to return to the World Cup with a sixth today. I am constantly learning and today the whole team operated smoothly and I am looking forward to more racing next week in France,” Kennedy-Sim said.
After qualifying 24th fastest yesterday, Grimus put in a good run in his 1/8th final to qualify for the quarter final, where he finished third, to claim an overall placing of 11th.
Head coach Shawn Fleming was understandably happy with today’s results.
“We are very pleased. Sixth and eleventh is a great way to start, and the athletes are definitely hungry to go even further,” Fleming said.
Olympic champion, Marielle Thompson took out the ladies final, while in the men’s it was the reigning World Champion, Christopher Delbosco coming out on top.
Women’s World Cup Ski Cross Montafon, Austria
1.Marielle Thompson (CAN), 2. Anna Holmlund (SWE), 3. Katrin Ofner (AUT), 6. Sami Kennedy-Sim (AUS)
Men’s World Cup Ski Cross, Montafon, Austria
1. Christopher Delbosco (CAN), 2. Brady Leman (CAN), 3. Filip Flisar (SLO), 11. Anton Grimus (AUS)