Quintuple of silver, decline in the medal table… The Olympic recap of Wednesday February 9



► Chloé Trespeuch, worthy heiress of the French snowboard school

Eight years after her bronze medal obtained in 2014 in Sochi, the Savoyard Chloé Trespeuch climbed a step on the podium, Wednesday, February 9. Second behind the American Lindsey Jacobellis, three ranks ahead of her compatriot Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (5th), the snowboarder confirms the reputation of her discipline, the biggest provider of medals for the French selection since the discipline was introduced in 1998 at the Nagano Games.

→ PORTRAIT. Chloé Trespeuch, two medals and convictions

Since its appearance at the Turin Olympics in 2006, snowboardcross, which took over from parallel slalom, has always brought a medal to France.

► Slight decline in the medal table

Tenth Tuesday, February 8, France lost a place in the medal table. Her gold medal and her five silver medals obtained after five days of competition rank her 11th on Wednesday 9, between the United States and Canada.

France is aiming for a place in the top ten at the end of these Games, with a harvest at least equal to that of PyeongChang (15 medals). The first three places in the table are occupied by Germany, followed by Norway and Sweden.

► Curtain down for the French women’s slalom

For her final Olympic appearance at 33, Nastasia Noens finished in a modest 19th place, but consistent with her level in recent years. Seventh in Sochi, the Niçoise has long carried the hopes of French slalom alone, orphan of good skiers for years.

She was the only qualified Frenchwoman, while each nation can field up to four representatives. The race was won by Slovak Petra Vlhova, who won her first Olympic title. The big star of the stakes, the American Mikaela Shiffrin, fell from the first gates after also falling in giant.

► An athlete dad in a hurry to get home

American biathlete Leif Nordgren easily consoled himself for his 87th place in the 20 km in biathlon, a very unusual rank for this runner who had an excuse: the night before the race, he had witnessed the birth of his wife by video. whom he has not seen since mid-November due to health restrictions. After the race he said “can’t wait to finish the Olympics to go home (him) “.

► Thursday’s program

The serious things begin for Alexis Pinturault, already three times medalist at the Games, bronze in giant at Sochi 2014 and bronze and silver in giant and combined at PyeongChang 2018. All that is missing is gold for the Courchevel skier who will start at 3:30 a.m. for the downhill, before taking the start at 7:15 a.m. for the slalom (the ranking is established by adding the two times).

We will also closely follow the course of Merlin Surget in snowboardcross (qualifications from 3:15 a.m., final around 8:15 a.m.). The Haut-Savoyard remains on a 2and place in the World Cup. Barring a major accident, he will accompany the Olympic vice-champion Chloé Trespeuch, Saturday 12, during the mixed snowboarding event, included for the first time in the program of the Olympic Games.

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