Georgia Simmerling made history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of three different Olympic Games. Competing in track cycling’s team pursuit, she helped Canada win its second straight Olympic bronze medal in the event for her first Olympic podium finish.
Simmerling made her Olympic debut in alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 before switching over to ski cross in 2011. After proving her potential during summer training camps, she earned a spot on the national ski cross team. In February 2012, she caught an edge during a race and fell, breaking three vertebrae (C7, T2 and T3) in her neck and back. She was in an upper body and neck brace for seven weeks but did not require surgery. She returned to competition in December 2012 and earned her the first World Cup podium of her career later in the month.
Simmerling competed at her first ski cross world championships in 2013 and advanced to the 1/8 finals at Sochi 2014. But after breaking her wrist at the world championships in late January 2015, she decided to start her summer Olympic journey. Simmerling had already done a couple of camps with the track cycling development program and knew that she would be a better fit for endurance racing than sprint racing. With plates and screws in her wrist, she started training on her bike within a week of undergoing surgery. She made her UCI World Cup debut as a track cyclist in Hong Kong in January 2016, winning team pursuit gold. She went on to win team pursuit silver at the 2016 UCI World Championships.
Immediately after Rio 2016, Simmerling resumed her ski cross training and returned to the FIS World Cup circuit. She posted two podium finishes in 2016-17 and advanced to the Small Final at the 2017 FIS World Championships. She earned two more World Cup podium finishes in December 2017, bringing her career ski cross total to nine.
A little more about Georgia…
Getting into the Sport: Started skiing at age six… Her older brothers were all in the Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club and her parents had a vision of the entire family skiing together… Began doing ski cross at age 22… First rode a track bike on a velodrome in June 2014 at a Cycling Canada talent ID camp in Los Angeles… In November 2015 was accepted into Canada’s elite pool of track cyclists after a two-week stint with the development team… Outside Interests: Enjoys yoga, bike riding, cooking as a sous chef to her brother Boyd… Visited Tanzania in 2013 as a Right to Play ambassador… Odds and Ends: Favourite Olympic memory is hearing the crowd cheer for her and the entire Canadian team during the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony and throughout the Games… Favourite motto: Competitive edge, baby!
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Downhill - Women||DNS|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Super Combined - Women||DNS|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Women||27|
|2014 Sochi||Skiing - Freestyle||Ski Cross - Women||14|
|2016 Rio||Cycling - Track||Team Pursuit - Women||Bronze|
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 (track cycling) - BRONZE (team pursuit); 2014 (freestyle skiing) – 14th (ski cross); 2010 (alpine skiing) – 27th (super-G)
UCI World Championships: 2016 – SILVER (team pursuit)
FIS World Championships: 2017 – 7th (ski cross); 2015 – 26th (ski cross); 2013 – 13th (ski cross)