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Kennedy-Sim backs up with two more World Cup top eight finishes

Published 6 March 2018 (AEDT)

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: Alizee Baron (2nd L) of France leads Lisa Andersson of Sweden, Sami Kennedy-Sim of Australia and Sanna Luedi of Switzerland during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Cross Small Final on day fourteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 23, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. © 2018 Getty Images

PYEONGCHANG: After finishing eighth at the PyeongChang Games, Ski Cross racer Sami Kennedy-Sim didn’t let up and has successfully contested the Sunny Valley double World Cups in Russia over the weekend.

Demonstrating her strength in the sometimes brutal sport, Kennedy-Sim qualified fourth and fifth in the back-to-back races over two days, coming away with fifth and seventh placings in tightly contested finals.

Coming off the Olympic Games, many would expect that rest, recovery and time to chill would be a priority, but not for the Manly racer who is enjoying good form and intends to continue.

“I am proud to have continued on from my strong racing at the Olympics in Russia,” Kennedy-Sim said this morning after making the top eight in both World Cups in Russia.

“The track was in great condition and made for very tight racing, with photo finishes deciding the final heats. I led all but one heat in the past two days and am looking forward to racing in Megeve on May 17.”

World Cup race one was won by Fanny Smith (SUI), 2nd Nikol Kucerova (CZE), 3rd Lisa Andersson, with Sami Kennedy-Sim in 5th. Race two was won by Sandra Naesland (SWE), Brittany Phelan (CAN), 3rd Fanny Smith (SUI) with Sami Kennedy-Sim in 7th.

“I now have nine days to rest and recover from a whirlwind few weeks before the World Cup finals kick off in Megeve, France,” she said.  

Belinda Noonan

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