Winning the bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics
11 March 1989 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)|
Georgia Simmerling (born 11 March 1989) is a Canadian alpine, skicross skier, and track cyclist. She won a bronze medal in team pursuit cycling at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Simmerling also won a silver medal in team pursuit at the 2016 World Championships. She is the first Canadian to compete in three different sports in three different Olympic Games.
Simmerling grew up ski racing on the North Shore of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain. She lives in West Vancouver and trains at Level 10 Fitness in North Vancouver and at the Olympic Athlete’s Training Centre in Whistler.
Simmerling represented Canada in alpine skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where her best result was a 27th place in the super giant slalom. She was a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for the previous five years, however she suffered a catastrophic injury in 2011. Simmerling sustained a concussion as well as suffering MCL injuries in both knees.
In the spring of 2011 she decided to switch to ski cross from alpine skiing. During the next season she crashed out during a race and broke three vertebrae in her neck and back. She was in an upper body neck brace for seven weeks. She made her breakthrough during the 2013–14 World Cup season, taking seven top ten finishes on the World Cup and rounding out the season with consecutive third places in Åre and La Plagne. Simmerling competed for Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in ski cross where she placed 14th overall. The following season she scored second places in World Cup competitions on home snow in Nakiska and in the French resort of Val Thorens, finishing behind team-mate Marielle Thompson both times. She started her return to ski cross competition in the 2016–17 World Cup with three ninth places and an eighth, before taking the first podium of her comeback when she finished third in the first of two rounds at Innichen, again behind Thompson.
After suffering a wrist injury in ski cross competition, Simmerling switched to competitive track cycling. After having plates and screws inserted in her wrist from her surgery, she started training on the bike within a week of suffering the wrist injury. Simmerling won a gold medal in team pursuit on her debut on the World Cup tour with Jasmin Glaesser, Laura Brown, and Steph Roorda. She would go on to win silver at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships with Glaesser, and new teammates Allison Beveridge and Kirsti Lay.
Simmerling participated as part of Canada's 2016 Olympic team in track cycling. Simmerling became the first Canadian athlete to compete at the Olympics in three different sports. There she cycled to a bronze medal in the team pursuit with Glaesser, Beveridge, Lay, and Brown. After the win she announced that she would begin training for ski cross again at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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