23 February 2018

PyeongChang 2018 - Day 14 Wrap

FREESTYLE SKIING: LADIES’ SKI CROSS at Phoenix Snow Park

Team GB Results: Emily Sarsfield 16th

Emily Sarsfield belied her ranking and seeding to achieve a top 16 finish in the ladies’ ski cross on her Olympic debut.

Sarsfield qualified through to the 1/8 final in 22nd and faced an elimination race against sixth seed Alizee Baron (France) and 11th seed India Sherret (Canada).

The 34-year-old didn’t get the greatest start, however she was able to capitalise on a heavy crash from Sherret to finish second and move through to the quarter-finals.

Again Sarsfield was beaten out of the start but settled in close behind ready to capitalise, however the opportunity never arose and she was fourth in her quarter-final behind Brittany Phelan (Canada), Baron and Debora Pixner (Italy) which resulted in her elimination.

Canada took the top two spots on the podium with Kelsey Serwa claiming gold from Phelan with Switzerland’s Fanny Smith in third.

Sarsfield was disappointed her start cost her the chance to be with the front-runners in the quarter-final but was proud of her Olympic experience having fallen short of making the Games at her last two attempts.

“The one thing I’m known for is a strong start but I think I tried a bit too hard there,” said Sarsfield. “To be here at this event is huge for me and to be racing against these amazing girls is super cool.

“It meant a huge amount to me today. My aim [was] to go out there with a smile on my face.”

 

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