Prospect no longer Simmerling on sidelines

SHAWN SLAGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- Georgia Simmerling had the opportunity to show her stuff this weekend.

The 20-year-old Kelowna, B.C., product is part of the ladies national development ski team but doesn't have much World Cup experience.

This was Simmerling's third World Cup event after competing at Lake Louise last year and taking part in a downhill event in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

"I'm really happy with my results and looking forward to the next race with the World Cup team," said Simmerling.

Through the weekend, she was 51st and 39th in the downhill races, and had her best result on the World Cup circuit by placing 29th in the Super G yesterday.

"This is my first top-30 and I'm really excited about it," she said. "The course was awesome and it held up really, really well. The whole team did really well and I am pumped."

Moving forward, her goal is to get past the top-30 and get into the top-20 on the World Cup stage. This weekend, though, she learned to control her nerves and stay confident in her skiing.

Simmerling will be heading back to the NorAm circuit, where she had four podium finishes last year, and will return to the World Cup team after Christmas.

The next NorAm racing is back at Lake Louise Dec. 7-11, while the World Cup team heads over to Europe with an event in Val d'Isere, France.

Starting off her season on the World Cup team has been an exciting experience for Simmerling.

She's been learning the ropes with idols Emily Brydon, Britt Janyk and Kelly VanderBeek.

"It is awesome to have the girls that you looked up to as a youngster," Simmerling said.

"Being on the same team as them gives us motivation. They are doing awesome and the whole team is doing well."

The ladies feed off success, and young skiers like Simmerling had a lot to feed off of over the weekend at Lake Louise.

Brydon had two podium finishes and the ladies were consistently in the top-20.

Gardner said it was important the veterans stepped up to lead the way for the younger skiers.

"We have good veterans," he said.

"One of them stepped on the podium twice and two felt like they could have been there as well."

Janyk was excited about the showing.

"I think it will really give us energy," said Janyk.


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