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Master of Management student, Lavinia Chrystal, battles the elements and a strong field in Sochi

19 Feb 2014

Lavinia Chrystal

Master of Management student within The University of Sydney Business School, Lavinia Chrystal, has finished 40th in a strong field of nearly 90 competitors in the women's giant slalom event at the Winter Olympic Games now underway in the Russian city of Sochi.

Lavinia, a postgraduate student with a Sydney University Sports and Fitness program scholarship, battled snow, fog and driving rain to complete the two run format event.

She later declared that she was more than satisfied with her performance on the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center slopes, where just 66 of 88 competitors completed the challenging course.

"I am really happy with today," said the 24-year-old. "I overtook people in front of me and no one behind me jumped ahead of me so I'm pretty stoked about that."

Lavinia now plans to rest with her teammates before launching into her next round of competition.  

Lavinia's Olympic prospects were almost dashed when she crushed her knee and fractured her leg at the Australian Winter University Games in September 2011. However, after 18 months off the snow and a lengthy rehabilitation process, Lavinia came back to win her third national title last year.

On Friday night, Eastern Australian Time, she will compete again in Sochi, this time in the slalam event.

"It will be a great atmosphere, my slaloms have been going really well and we have been all having some awesome training here," Lavinia concluded.