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Naples woman to judge 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

NAPLES, Fla. – Sarah Simson, a resident of Naples, has the opportunity of a lifetime to be a judge at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Simson will evaluate freestyle skiing including sailing and air competitions.

“So it is an honor among all the judges that qualified to be considered that I was the one who was nominated to the panel by the United States and then actually chosen to be on the panel by the International Ski Federation, ” she speaks.

There are seven Olympic judges for the grand event and five for the aerial event. She was both excited and nervous at the opportunity.

“Because it’s the Olympics. It was the culmination of a lot of athletic competition and definitely freestyle skiing,” explains Simson. “I think if a judge says oh, I’m not worried at all. They are not being completely honest or they should worry a bit because doing the right thing is very important. “

Simson has been skiing since she was 5 years old and has judged ski competitions for nearly 30 years. She said judging at the Olympics was always on her mind, but it wasn’t until recently that she began to pursue that dream heavily.

“I would say maybe eight years ago I was at a point where this was something I could do,” she said. “This is something I can do. I am qualified to do that”.

Before the competition, the judges will have the opportunity to ski on the slopes to understand what the opponents will be up to.

“This part of the course is steeper. This part of the course is more shallow. This part of the course seems to be presenting difficulties,” said Simson.

The Olympic judges will evaluate the ski components including take-off, competitor form and landing. Simson says it’s extremely important not to be biased in reviews.

“So really focus on the number that’s going down rather than who the person is?” she explained. “My goal is to do my job well. And make sure that on game days, the opponents who are in the best shape will be the top ones.”

The Winter Olympics begin on Friday, February 4 and will continue until February 20.

https://nbc-2.com/news/olympics/2022/01/24/naples-woman-to-be-judge-in-2022-winter-olympics-in-beijing/ Naples woman to judge 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Tom Vazquez

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