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Soaring Segal becomes skiing sensation

JEWISH Skiing sensation Anna Segal won her second world championship event in two years, when she won gold in the Slopestyle finals at the 2012 AFP World Championships in Whistler, Canada.

Segal put in a dazzling performance at the event to win with a score of 90 points, placing her in second spot behind Canadian Kaye Turski in the final standings for the women’s Slopestyle title.

“Winning one event is great,” Segal, 25, says.
“But backing it up the next season and holding off the younger generation of skiers is an even better feeling.

“It proved to me that my hard work to stay on top is paying off.”

Australia and Jewish skier Anna Segal soars high at the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Championship in Utah.
Photo: Australian Olympic Committee

Having now won two world championship events, on top of placing first at the inaugural Slopestyle event at the 2009 Winter X- Games, she is now regarded as one of the best skiers in the world.

“I definitely did not expect to do so well with my skiing and especially did not expect to make a career out of it,” Segal says.

“I had idols in the sport and I’d always wonder if I’d ever get to ski with them. Now I’m competing against them and some of them have become my closest friends.”

Segal was able to back up a successful 2010/11 season with a strong showing over the 2011/12 competition, but it certainly took its toll on the young Aussie.
“I’d had a great 2011/12 season,” Segal says.

“But this was the last event of a long, hectic winter and both my mind and body were tired.”

Segal broke her thumb and damaged her knee heading into the Winter X-Games in Aspen in January, but she was still able to finish in third position at the event.

“Yes, two weeks before the Aspen Winter X-Games – which is the most important event of the season – I was training in Colorado … and accidentally over rotated and landed sideways,” Segal says.

“I showed up at X-games without having skied for two weeks, which was a little scary.”

Anna Segal with her bronze medal from the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado

The ski star was also awarded the 2011 Australian Snowsports Person of the Year.
“It was flattering to be recognised by Skiing and Snowboarding Australia,” Segal says.

“[But] at the moment I think measuring myself on an international scale is more important for me to do, than on a national scale, [because] I don’t want to develop the ‘big fish in a small pond’ type of mentality.”

Segal is now looking forward to the prospect of representing Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“I am on the Australian ski team, but that doesn’t guarantee spot for the Winter Olympics,” Segal says.

“Anything can happen from now until then, so I don’t want to assume I have a definite position on the team, [but] if that happen I think it would be the pinnacle of my career.”