He does this when he descends from the podium, where he has just received his first World Championship gold medal in Espot (Spain). “It’s the 8th, and it provoked all the emotions of a roller coaster”, exclaims Arthur Bauchet. At 22, and the day after a bronze medal in super-G, the Frenchman was therefore crowned at the end of the super-combined. “Every medal is pretty crazyhe promises. But I was keen not to lose the one I’ve had since 2019. I’m very proud to have done so. »
In the discipline, it is therefore his third world title in a row, but undoubtedly the most difficult to manage. “It was a fighthe says. The coaches had warned us, we just had to get to the bottom without trying to add more. That’s what I did. But it was very tough, with a really demanding slalom run. One of the biggest offered in handi (sport)with the highest drop (220 meters)sixty gates in steep (68 in fact, for 65 turns). It’s hot ! I’m very happy to have arrived at the bottom, we had to let nothing go. »
Three French in the top 10 in super-G
Encouraged by his family who had arrived in Catalonia the day before, Bauchet appreciates all the more that his victory punctuated a very good day for blue para-skiing. ” Yesterday (Monday), the results were rather mixedhe continues. But there, we responded well, we remobilized. » Behind him, Jordan Broisin (5th), Oscar Burnham (6th) and Jules Segers (8th) make a nice group shot. Like the day before, Hyacinthe Deleplace and his guide Roy Piccard stumbled on the podium for the visually impaired (4th). Eleventh after the super-G, Victor Pierrel climbed to 5th place in the wheelchair category, just ahead of Lou Braz-Dagand (7th).
But the beautiful operation is to be credited to Aurélie Richard. At 17, the young woman born with agenesis of the left forearm, won the bronze medal, behind the Swedish Ebba Aars and the German Anna-Maria Rieder. A big leap in the hierarchy for the high school student who had surgery on her right knee in August 2021, but who had made an impression, just before flying to Spain, by winning her first World Cup victories in Veysonnaz ( Swiss). “In the super-G, I managed to ski better than yesterday (on Monday, she finished 4th in the exercise), it’s very positivereacted Aurélie Richard. At the bottom, I was 3rd, one second behind 2nd, and I thought to myself that in slalom, I might be able to catch up. I didn’t succeed but the slalom was really very difficult. It is long, in a fairly steep wall. It was difficult to hold on until the end. »
Place for the descent on Wednesday
In the lead after crossing the finish line, Richard understood that she had just secured her first world medal. ” I’m really happy. But I still have a little trouble realizing it.”she assured smiles in her voice. “I hope that Aurélie will have the same journey as me, that after bronze, she will go for gold tomorrow (Wednesday). You have to allow yourself to dream”insists Bauchet, who knows the young girl well, since they are licensed in the same club, the CSHB in Briançon and have carried out physical preparation together at CREPS in Aix-en-Provence.
Wednesday, time for the descent which should have opened these Worlds but had been postponed due to strong winds. It will be necessary to train in the morning, and the race in the afternoon. “It’s a little descentwarns Bauchet. With the same start as on the super-G. A sprint descent, of sorts. And you’ll have to be good! »