The eighth Ski Cross World Cup race of a gruelling season took place today in Grindelwald Switzerland, where British Ski Cross Team member Emily Sarsfield, 27, beat world cup ranked number 7, Katrin Mueller and world cup ranked number eight, Jenny Owens, to place 14th, Sarsfield’s best result World Cup result of the season and her best result since seriously injuring her knee in 2009.
“What an amazing last few days its been and a brilliant result to finish it. I had a new coach, Christian for this race and my trusted physio Suzanne, which made such a big difference to my race preparation, on and off the hill. With funding tight, I don’t usually benefit from an experienced Ski Cross coach!” Emily said after the race.
“Having a coach and physio has only been possible for some of this seasons [Ski Cross World Cup] races thanks to TASS (Talented Athlete Sports Scholarship) and my new tea sponsor providing some of the finance to fund them. With government cut backs, I don’t know if I will be receiving TASS next season, so I’m trying to make the most of it this season.” she added.
With funding short across British Skiing, Emily’s result is even more impressive in one of the most exciting Winter Olympic sports going.
The Ski Cross World Cup continues with race nine taking place this Sunday, 6th March where Emily will be looking to better her 14th place.