Young snowboarder Julia Pereira of Sousa Mabilau won the silver medal on Friday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. She is only 16 years old.
Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabilau, 16, won the silver medal on snowboardcross on Friday and brings France her seventh medal at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
The title was won by Italy’s Michela Moioli, leader of the World Cup, while Czech Eva Samkova, Olympic champion in Sochi four years ago, took the bronze medal.
INCROYABLE JULIA PEREIRA DE SOUSA ! 🥈🇨🇵🇨🇵
A seulement 16 ans, Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau décroche l’argent en snowboard cross dans une finale dantesque !! #Pyeongchang2018
— France tv sport (@francetvsport) February 16, 2018
No hat trick
While the Blues could legitimately dream of a hat-trick, it is finally the youngest and the one who was least expected who came out the best.
Julia Pereira de Sousa, however, only got the 18th time of the first run and had to play a second qualifying run to reach the quarter-finals before negotiating a perfect quarter and semi-final.
The other French contender in the final, Chloé Trespeuch, bronze medalist in Sochi and vice-world champion, finished fifth after falling a few inches from the finish line.
The other two French girls, Charlotte Bankes and Nelly Moenne-Loccoz, had been eliminated in the semifinals.