Ben Sim

Olympic Cross Country Skiing - 2015 

Ben was born in Cooma on 30 July 1985 and attended Cooma North Primary School and Monaro High School. Ben started Skiing from a very young age with his parents John and Sheila and two older sisters Melanie and Claire. He competed in his first cross country ski race with the state wide interschool competition when he was in Kindergarten. At 12 years of age Ben started attending training camps with the NSW Cross Country Ski Team with Coach, Nick Almoukov.

◦2001 At 15 he won his first Junior National title against skiers up to 21 years of age in Perisher Valley.
◦2002 to 2005 Ben competed in 4 World Junior Championships whilst concurrently competing at a senior level. 
◦2003 At 17 he won his first National Senior Australian Championship and qualified for the 2003 World Championships in Italy. 
◦2004 Ben was recognised by the Cooma Australia Day Committee and received the Young Citizen Award. 2
◦003 to 2011 Ben competed in 5 World Championships and close to 100 World Cup events with the Australian National Cross Country Ski Team. 
◦2010 Ben qualified and competed at the Olympic Games having his best result in the Team Sprint event. 
Ben was very fortunate to have either raced or trained in about 25 different countries before turning 21. His most memorable achievement was in 2005 when he became the first junior, to win a World Loppet Event (Marathon Ski Race) at the Kangaroo Hoppet, a 42km Race in Falls Creek.

 His favourite event was in the World Loppet Event in St Moritz, Switzerland at the 2010 Engadine 42km Race where he placed 11th out of 12,500 skiers and after 1 hour 38 minutes of racing was only 20 seconds behind the winner and recent Olympic Champion, Dario Colonga.

 Ben now lives in Manly, Sydney and is married to 2014 Winter Olympian, Sami Kennedy-Sim. Ben has traded the snow for the surf but still enjoys coming home and having a ski race on the Perisher Cross Country Trails.