A skier since the age of 2, Switzerland's Fanny Smith was groomed to be a champion beginning from as the day she was able to walk.
Growing up racing, jumping, and competing with friends on the slopes of Gryon and Villars in the French part of the Swiss Alps, Fanny began to stoke the fires that would lead to her being accepted, at the age of 14, to the specialty athlete education program in the Swiss alpine town of Brig-Glis.
It was there, in Brig-Glis, that Fanny first began looking to take her love of speed, air time, and head-to-head competition to the next level, setting her sights on the World Cup ski cross tour.
However in 2009, with her schooling done, Fanny found herself without an official Swiss junior ski cross program to graduate to. So, with the help of her father and her sponsors, the young skier set about creating an intensive, ski-cross-specific program for herself and other promising youngsters.
Before too long, the small training crew that Fanny and co. had put together was integrated into the Swiss national team. And, not too long after that, the young Ms. Smith began making some noise on the World Cup circuit.
Smith secured her first podium in her second full season on tour, locking down a 2nd place at Lake Placid, USA, on 24/01/2010, at just 17 years old. She got her first win just under a year later, at Innichen/San Candido, ITA, on 19/12/2010. This victory was followed by two more 2nd place finishes in the 2010-11 season, before the young skier tore her ACL and was forced out of competition for 14 months, just as she seemed on the cusp of joining the world's ski cross elite.
However, after an lengthy rehabilitation, Fanny Smith returned to the World Cup in stunning fashion, dominating the 2012-13 season by winning the first three races of the year, taking four victories total, claiming a podium spot in six out of ten races, taking the crystal globe as the world's top-ranked ski cross racer, and winning the ski cross World Championships in Voss, NOR.
Despite a disappointing showing at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Fanny's 2013/14 season had nearly as much going for it as did her previous campaign, as she racked up seven podiums, including back-to-back victories in Are, SWE. However, unlike in 2012/13, last season she had some competition at the top, as Marielle Thompson (CAN) went step-for-step with Fanny through every event of the season.
It all came down to the final half of the final race in of the season, in La Plagne, FRA. There, Thompson made a bold pass on Fanny and was able to hang on to win both the race and the crystal globe by the barest of margins.
In 2014/15 you can expect Fanny Smith to use turn that disappointment into positive energy, as she seeks to defend her world championship gold at Kreischberg 2015.
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|1608716.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||26||50.00|
|1608615.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||Qualification||11||12.00|
|1606222.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||6||400.00|
|1606121.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||1||1000.00|
|1606020.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||Qualification||5||22.50|
|1605515.12.2013||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||7||360.00|
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