Sabrina Simader Wanjiku, will be flying the Kenyan flag in the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to be held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy from 7th to 21st February 2021.
Sabrina is the first African downhill skier and represented the country in the last Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. She is already preparing for the next Winter Olympics which will be held in Beijing in 2022.
Sabrina who is also known as ‘snow leopard’ in the winter world will be joining over 600 athletes from 70 countries, in the two weeks of men’s and women’s competitions and events in Cortina. She will be competing in Super G competition or Super giant slalom.
‘I am excited once again to be representing the Kenya Ski Team in the World Championships. What this means is that I am competing with the best. As the first African downhill skier who is competing at the World Cup, it is my relentless ambition to be amongst the best in the world,’’ says Sabrina.
Sabrina is coached by Christian Reif, who was former Austrian Ski Team Trainer.
She has so far participated in three world championships in Giant Slalom 2017, Super-G + Combine 2017, 2018 and Super-G + Downhill 2019.
Her best performance has been runner-up at the Arnold Lunn World Cup 2018, 3rd place at the Slovenian Championship Alpine Combined in 2018, first placed at the Slovenia in Super-G championships in 2019 and took first place at the International African World Championships in 2019.
The 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be watched by more than 500 million people from all over the world in live TV coverage, without forgetting the digital community that will follow and interact with the events thanks to the new media.