Zoë Gillings qualified for the finals in 8th place, and then convincingly won her quarter final heat. Unfortunately Gillings crashed in her semi-final whilst challenging for the lead, meaning that she missed out on qualifying for the final, and eventually finished 7th overall, immediately behind current world champion, Lindsey Jacobellis, who was 6th. The competition was won by Maelle Ricker from Canada, who Zoë Gillings had comfortably beaten in the quarter finals.
After the race, Zoë Gillings said: “The best part about this competition is with the way I was riding here, I now know I can beat all these girls – so the outlook for the season is really good – and yes, I am still ranked 6th in the world!”
Zoë Gillings is a former winner of the Valle Nevado FIS World Cup back in 2004, but following a career-threatening foot injury in 2005 she has had a tough battle back to full fitness. It seems she has won that battle, and now has the chance to take on the best in the world once again, and to win World Cups in the next few seasons. Zoë's ultimate goal is a medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010.
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