Winter Games Athletes
Smith will make her second appearance in the Olympics and is a contender for a medal in ski cross. In 2009, she learned there was no national program in Switzerland for ski cross, so she got financial backing from sponsors and her family to start one herself. Smith placed seventh in the event at the Vancouver Games in 2010 before finishing 10th at the world championships the next year. She finally broke through at worlds in 2013, winning gold to put herself in a mix of Olympic contenders that includes gold-medal favorite Marielle Thompson of Canada. The FIS rookie of the year in 2010, she went on to win the Crystal Globe for ski cross on the World Cup circuit last season with four victories and two other podium finishes. In her World Cup career, she has finished on the podium 14 times, including six victories. She has earned three podiums and one win during the current season.