Sabrina Wanjiku Simader, the Kenyan girl sensation at the Olympics PyeongChange 2018 Winter Games in South Korea finally made her maiden competition today in her Ladies Giant Slalom event.
The event which had earlier been scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 12th was postponed due to strong winds at the Games.
During her debut in PyeongChang 2018, the 19 year old Austrian-based Kenyan finished in a respectable position 59th from a starting rank of 67 with a time of 1:23.27. “This is absolutely commendable performance for a debutant at the major Olympics event in a sport of this nature.
I am very proud of her performance and impressed with her spirits”, said NOCK President, Paul Tergat, who alongside Kenya’s Ambassador to Korea, H.E. Mohamed Gello and Rwandan Ambassador to Korea, H.E. Emma Isumbingabo together with other Kenyans cheered her.
Sabrina, who started number 67 which is based on ranking by start of Olympics, was number 59 at first round, during which 6 athletes fell. In her second round, she fell at the turn of one of the “bridges” ending up with some bruises.
Her next event, the Ladies Super Giant Slalom will be on 17th, February. “I am happy with my start although it was tough under these conditions. I have gained more experience and confidence and God willing, will do even better in two days time”, expressed Sabrina after the race.
Her sentiments were echoed by her coach, Christian and Chef de Mission, Philip Boit.
“She has a huge potential and future. She was right there with the best, separated by just over 10 seconds by the winner”, Boit remarked.
During the competition, Manuela Moelgg of Italy won in a time of 1:10.62 with second position taken by American Mikaela Shiffrin, 1:10.82 and the best placed local Korean at position 48 (1:19.13).