Sami Kennedy-Sim Bio

Sami Kennedy-Sim BioAbout Sami:

Sport: Ski Cross
Nickname: SJ, Sam
DOB: 26-05-1988
Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW
Place of Residence: Manly & Jindabyne, NSW 

OWIA Athlete Performance Contract Commenced: 2010
Institute/Academy: NSWIS

Personal Best Results

Olympic Winter Games - 28th, Sochi, RUS, 2014
World Championships -
 12th, Kreischberg, AUT, 2015
World Cup - 4th, Val Thorens, FRA, 2014
Note: current as @ 30 April 2015


Like all of her team-mates, Sami made the switch from Alpine Skiing to Ski Cross, which has paid dividends.

2011 was a breakthrough year for Sami, receiving an OWIA/AIS Scholarship and recording her first top 10 World Cup performance. Further adding to a big 2011, Sami married Australian Cross Country skiing athlete and 2010 Olympian Ben Sim.

In 2012, Sami recorded five World Cup top-ten performances and a personal best end of season World Cup ranking of 11th.

In April 2013, Kennedy-Sim suffered an infarct stroke (cerebral infarction). Luckily 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.

After narrowly missing out on competing for Australia at the Olympics in 2010, Sami achieved qualification to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where she placed 28th.

Sami achieved her Olympic Qualification on the back of some strong World Cup performances during the 2013 - 2014 World Cup season, highlighted by a personal best finish of fourth place in Val Thorens, France, in January 2014.

In 2014 - 2015, Sami's best result was an eight place performance in the World Cup event in Arosa, Switzerland. 

Question & Answer:

I began this sport .... In the jacket of my father at Perisher Ski Resort. I competed in Alpine for 11 years before making the switch to Ski Cross in 2009. 

Proudest moment: A toss up between standing in the start gate at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the day I married my husband Ben. 

Favourite Food: Dessert!  Mums pavlova is the best. 

Favourite Music:  I love Australian rock, and lounge and soul. 

Favourite overseas competition: Alpe d'Huez World Cup up the legendary climb in the Tour de France. 

Participation in other sports: I competed in representative Touch Football, Athletics (Sprinting) and Surf Life Saving. I love to surf and stand up paddle board. 

Famous relative: Ben Sim (XC Olympian, Vancouver) 

Sports Hero: Kerri Potthurst for her mental preparation and planning strategies and Manuela Berchtold for her perseverance and spirit. 

When I am not training/competing I am: In the ocean. 

Highest level of education achieved: HSC and fitness certification 

Sponsors: Guthega Inn, Perisher Ski Resort, XTM gloves, SISU, HEAD, Komperdell, Le Bent


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