The first words of her Twitter bio are: “2 Olympics | 2 Sports”.
It’s a cool and succinct introduction to 26-year-old Georgia Simmerling, who did the Super G at Vancouver 2010, and is now a five-time World Cup medallist in ski cross.
Simmerling is looking to add a third sport to that mix. In the 19 months since she first saw a velodrome, Simmerling has turned cycling as cross-training into a legitimate summer Olympic possibility.
In Hong Kong, she will compete at her first track cycling World Cup on Jan. 16-17, riding the team pursuit.
“I made a big decision to put ski racing and ski cross off for a season,” said Simmerling. “It’s going to be a super, super hard goal to accomplish and it’s a very tough challenge but I really believe that I can go to Rio.”
Yes, Rio 2016, which is just seven months away. With Canada’s World Cup leading team pursuit? Yes to that, too.
In June 2014, Simmerling rode at a Cycling Canada talent ID camp in Los Angeles. “I had never been on a velodrome before. I had never ridden a track bike, and I showed up to L.A. and was like, ‘Holy moly there’s not a chance I’m getting on that thing,'” she recalled. “I fell in love with the sport after a week.”
All of this in the ski cross off-season following two World Cup bronze medals and a 14th-place finish at the Sochi Olympics.
“She does not have a lot of fear,” said ski cross Athletic Director Willy Raine. During one crash, in early 2012, Simmerling broke three vertebrae in her neck and back. She was in a body brace for seven weeks.
In December of the same year she won her first World Cup medal.
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