Sami Kennedy-Sim

Sami Kennedy-Sim of Australia competes in the Freestyle Skiing Womens' Ski Cross Seeding on day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Athlete Biography

Sami Kennedy-Sim made her Olympic debut competing in the Freestyle Skiing discipline of Ski Cross at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Kennedy-Sim had some trouble in the qualifying run before showing glimpses of brilliance in her 1/8 final. She ran out of luck in the race however and didn't progress, finishing the day ranked 28th.

The fact that Kennedy-Sim was in Sochi at all was remarkable enough. In April 2013, Kennedy-Sim suffered an infarct stroke (cerebral infarction). The stroke was relatively minor and after five days in hospital and subsequent private treatment, she was able to return to light training a couple of months later and eventually get back to her full training routine.

Kennedy-Sim was back racing in August 2013 in Australia and then completed the full World Cup pre-Olympic season. Her big breakthrough came at the Val Thorens World Cup in France as the qualifying period was ending. She qualified 30th fastest and fought her way through the rounds to finish fourth and just off the podium.

In 2011 she married Vancouver Olympian in Cross Country, Ben Sim.