By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 10, 2017
Pioneer Kenyan Alpine skier Sabrina Wanjiku Simader scored yet another first last weekend when she competed at the prestigious world cup competition in Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city.
Simader finished the first race in her World Cup debut at the Alpine Ski World Cup.
At 19, the Austrian based skier was dwarfed by the experienced field but she held on to finish Saturday’s race.
She lost 8,14 seconds on Mikaela Shiffrin and placed 61st which was the final position in the giant slalom race topped by Tessa Worley of France.
"It was very special to be at the start, and the nervousness was there, especially as we got closer to the start," she told www.kleinezeitung.at.
"In terms of expectations, it's much more icy, harder than FIS races, and you have to climb up, I still have a lot of work to do in the area."
Simader competed at the Youth Olympic games in Lillehammer last year and has stepped up preparations for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Her goal this season is to compete in the Ski World Cup in St. Moritz.
There she is expected to compete in the slalom, giant slalom, Super-G and combination. Maribor turned out well for Simade's training, as she was already at the start of the FIS giant slalom in Kranjska Gora won by Ester Lececka on 4 January where the Kenyan who speaks fluent Austrian ranked 21.
Simader who moved to Austria when she was only three with her mother is coached by Christian Reif.
"I want to gain experience and show what I have on it ," Simader told skionlin.ch.
"I still have too high FIS points in the downhill, and I might be able to push them down to the World Cup, so I would be going downhill."
Watch Simader's debut here.