Unfortunately, Kenya doesn’t experience winter conditions that would form huge mountains of snow for skiing. However, this has not deterred some Kenyans who love the sport and have decided to pursue it abroad.
Kenya’s Sabrina placed 23rd out of a strong field of 44 participants in the women’s Super-G category in the opening alpine skiing event at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
But her performance on the Hafjell Olympic Slope was so confident that former cross-country skier Boit, who competed at three Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006, was already predicting that Simader will become the first Kenyan ever to win a medal in skiing in the future.
The teenager spent the first three years of her life in Kenya, before moving to Austria, after her mother, Sarah, met her stepfather, Josef, who runs a ski lift in the resort of Hansberg.
Sabrina had never seen snow before that first winter at the age of three, but she was soon learning at a ski school in Schladming, moving up the ranks and training beside young Austrians.