The former alpine skier turned ski cross athlete, who will represent Australia for the third time at next month’s Sochi Olympic Winter Games, closed her World Cup career with a 15th place in Kreischberg, Austria.
The event, which is the last ski cross World Cup before the Sochi Games, was won by Frenchwoman Ophelie David, with Swiss skier Fanny Smith second and Canadian Marielle Thompson third.
The men’s event was won Switzerland’s Alex Fiva, ahead of Austrian Johannes Rohrweck in the silver medal position and Michael Schmid from Switzerland picking up bronze.
Today marked the 52nd time Owens has lined up in a World Cup ski cross event since debuting in January 2006, the second phase of her long World Cup career, which started in St Moritz, Switzerland in December 1999.
In other results for AIS/NSWIS athletes competing in Kreischberg, Anton Grimus was 14th, Katya Crema 16th and Sami Kennedy-Sim 24th.
With just 12 days before the start of the Sochi Games AIS ski cross program head coach Matt Lyons described his squad’s results as “encouraging.”
“The results today were not too bad, definitely an improvement, and yes I would say it was encouraging,” Lyons said.
Lyons added that he was particularly pleased the performance of Grimus, Owens and Crema in the first knock out final, with the two women crossing the line in second place and Grimus first, earning the trio a spot in the quarter finals.
Kennedy-Sim was unable to repeat the form that saw her finish in 4th place last weekend in Val Thorens, France, and did not progress past the first final.
Grimus, Kennedy-Sim and Crema will continue their Olympic Winter Games preparation by competing in a Europa Cup event before a final training camp leading into Sochi.
Sochi teammate and NSWIS athlete, Cameron Bolton, finished fifth in the snowboard cross final at the prestigious X Games in Aspen, USA, yesterday (Australian time).
Bolton was just 0.826 seconds behind event winner Nate Holland from America in a field that boasted some of the best snowboard cross riders in the world.