Ski Cross: Emily Sarsfield makes World Cup point

Briton Emily Sarsfield competes at the Snowboarding and Free Style World Cup Test Event in Sochi

Emily Sarsfield said she was "happy to finish the season smiling" after coming 12th at the invite-only Ski Cross World Cup Finals in La Plagne, France.

The British number one, from Durham, produced her best result in the final race of a difficult campaign.

"A massive thanks to all my sponsors and those people who believed in me," the 30-year-old said.

Sarsfield was controversially overlooked by the British selectors for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

She previously missed the Vancouver Winter Olympics of 2010 because of injury.

With some of the top 32 in the world ineligible to compete in Sochi, the International Ski Federation invited the then-34th-ranked Sarsfield to compete, but the BOA chose not to select her.

In a statement issued at the time, the BOA said: "Given the investment that has gone into winter sport in the UK, it is expected that every athlete who competes for Team GB is in a position to deliver a credible performance."

Sarsfield responded by accusing the BOA of not understanding how the sport worked.

"It's very frustrating when there's no-one with ski cross knowledge within the selection process," she said.

"There is no salaried ski cross coach in Britain, which means the people making decisions don't fully understand the sport and how it works."

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