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Ski cross girls make quarter finals

Ben Carbonaro
Wednesday February 24, 2010

Australian athletes have put in some superb performances on day 11 of competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics today.

Competing in the women’s ski cross, Katya Crema and Jenny Owens both were successful progressing to quarter finals.

Owens was the fastest Australian recording a time of 1:19.80 in qualifying to place her 15th overall and Crema with 1:21.19 was 17th.

In the quarter finals, Crema finished third in her heat to be ranked 15th overall on her Olympic debut and Owens was also third during her heat to finish 13th overall in a field of 35 competitors.

Reflecting on her performance Crema was very happy with her debut Olympic campaign.

“It was great. Such amazing races. First heat was all over the place and tough racing from the girls,” she told the AOC website.

“I had a great start in the second heat (quarter-final). Unfortunately got passed but I’m still so happy. First Olympics and top 16, it’s amazing.”

Owens was happy to even be competing, after almost missing the games due to a number of knee injuries.

“I was lucky to be starting and getting down the hill was a bit of a challenge,” she said.

“I lost my speed halfway down and just couldn’t catch up again.”

“It’s going to be good to go home and get some time off. It’s been a really tough year and I guess I’m glad it’s over. I’ve needed surgery for two years and I have been just trying to push through.”

“I’m really lucky to be here and I guess I should be happy with that.

“I can’t go out like this. I’m going to give it another year.”

Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor won the gold medal, with Norway’s Hedda Berntsen snared silver and Frenchwoman Marion Josser taking bronze.

Figure skater Cheltzie Lee finished 18th in the short program event with score of 52.16 points and qualified for the free skate event, an amazing achievement for the 16 year-old who only made it to Vancouver after an Israeli competitor withdrew from competition.

Cecilia McIntosh and Astrid Loch-Wilkinson recorded run times of 54.85 and 54.66 seconds to sit in 19th position after day of the women’s two person bobsleigh. The pair will complete a third run tomorrow with a view to retaining their top 20 placing to qualify for a fourth run.

Aussies in action on day 12 of action include Tatiana Borodulina in women’s 1000 metres short track speed skating, the pairing of Cecilia McIntosh/Astrid Loch-Wilkinson in women’s two person bobsleigh and the trio of Lydia Lasilla, Jacqui Cooper and Liz Gardner in the women’s aerials finals.

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