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Emily Sarsfield Athlete Profile

Emily Sarsfield
TASS Accredited Centre
University of Hertfordshire
2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14

Starting skiing at the age of 3 on family ski holidays being on my skis was very natural for me as I grew older. Coming from a sporty family I did many different sports and it was only at the age of 12 before I started skiing competitively. I was selected to ski for England at 13 years old and at that point my focus on skiing became more serious.

After a successful alpine ski career I changed discipline to the new exciting freestyle event of ski cross in 2005. Various ski coaches advised me that my skiing style and attitude would be suited to this new extreme event and at the World University Games, in my first ever ski cross race, I finished in 6th position.

I have never looked back since then, ski cross is the ultimate downhill race with the biggest adrenaline rush. Racing head to head against other riders on action packed course!

Having traveled the World Cup circuit for the past 5 seasons I slashed my World Cup ranking to a career high of 20th in 2008 and achieved the best result for all British female skiers, finishing 11th in the ski cross world cup finals in Italy. I am also five times British champion and finished 16th in the 2007 ski cross Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Italy.

Due to a serious knee injury in 2009, I missed over half the season. Fortunately surgery was successful and due to the hard work I put in over the summer of 2009 to recover, I am back racing World Cups. However my timing of the injury was unfortunate and I missed the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, but less than 1 month after the Games I managed to create British Skiing history by becoming the first British Female Skier ever to win a Skiing Europa Cup race!

I had a strong finish to the 2011 season with a season’s best 14th in the World Cup, Grindelwald, Switzerland.

My goals are to consistently place in the worlds top 10 for ski cross and to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.