Kenya’s skier Sabrina Wanjiku Simader on Thursday had a respectable debut at the Winter Olympic Games on the slopes of Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The 19-year-old Austria-based Kenyan finished in a respectable position 59 from a starting rank of 67 with a time of One minute, 23.27 seconds in the giant slalom competition.
The event, which had earlier been scheduled to be held on Tuesday, was postponed due to strong winds at the Games venues.
Wanjiku, who started number 67, which is based on ranking by start of Olympics, was at positon 59 after the first round, during which six athletes fell.
In her second round, she fell at the turn of one of the “bridges” ending up with some bruises.
She expressed hope for a better outing today, in her next event, the Super Giant Slalom (Super G).
On this sun-baked day in the mountains of South Korea, Shiffrin, 22, the reigning World Cup all-around skiing champion and current top women’s skier in the world, won her first race of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Games, taking gold in the giant slalom Thursday afternoon at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The race was supposed to be be held on Monday, but wind gusts pushed the contest back until Thursday.
Shiffrin would become the first American ski racer, woman or man, to own three Olympic gold medals. (Four years ago, she won the slalom gold in Sochi at 18 years old, becoming the youngest Olympian to ever win that race).