Kennedy-Sim claims World ski cross bronze

Australian ski cross racer Sami Kennedy-Sim (R) claimed bronze in a FIS World Cup event in Arosa.
Australian ski cross racer Sami Kennedy-Sim (R) claimed bronze in a FIS World Cup event in Arosa.

Australian Sami Kennedy-Sim has kicked off her ski cross season in style, claiming a bronze medal in the opening FIS World Cup event in Arosa, Switzerland.

Kennedy-Sim, 32, finished third behind Sweden's Alexandra Edebo and Switzerland's Fanny Smith to land the second podium finish of her career, following a silver medal in February 2017.

The dual Olympian had blitzed qualifying - posting the fastest time by 0.8 seconds - to advance to the finals as the top seed for the first time in her career, then won her quarter-final and finished second in the semi-final.

"Racing under lights is always a blast and creates a great show and atmosphere," Kennedy-Sim said.

"The sprint track means that the racing is super tight no matter if you qualify first or 32nd.

"This means that any mistake you make will end your day. This race is all about keeping speed.

"Our team has been working so hard to produce the skiing that I have done yesterday in qualifying and today."

The second World Cup event takes place on Thursday morning AEDT, before the athletes head to Val Thorens in France for another double World Cup this weekend.

Australian Associated Press