Aurélie Richard is only 17 years old, but already two world medals. The day after a bronze super-combined, the skier from Briançon won silver on the descent of Espot (Spain). ” I’m super happy with this second place, even if I have a little regret in the ski that I produced in the wallshe comments. At the same time, I did not expect such results. »
In the idea, she planned to slip on a first podium. From there to taste two…” This kind of medals, I dream of them, exclaims the young girl born with agenesis of the left forearm, who started skiing at 2 and a half years old, but whose progress was slowed down by a right knee operation in August 2021. But the dream became a goal this year, when I joined the World Cup group. »
“Whether it’s Marie or Arthur, when you can, you observe them and try to reproduce what they do”
Until then, Aurélie Richard traveled the European circuit. There, she found herself in contact with the best. In the off-season, she did her physical preparation at CREPS in Aix-en-Provence with Arthur Bauchet, licensed in the same club as her, and who had to settle for 4th place in the downhill this Wednesday. On the courses, she shared the room of Marie Bochet, the eight-time Paralympic champion. ” This is my model admires Aurélie Richard. When we see her win, we want to do the same. I’m lucky that she gives me little advice. Whether it’s her or Arthur, when you can, you watch them and try to replicate what they’re doing. »
The only French female hope
At the start of the season, Marie Bochet gave up competing, having to undergo surgery for a herniated disc. An absence that the youngest compensates a little, even if she defends herself from taking over, she does not consider herself at the level to assume such a responsibility. ” Marie’s package was quite brutalbreathes Aurélie Richard. I’m not ready for this role, I feel like I’m still far from the level of Marie who is the emblem of para-skiing. »
Certainly. But the high school student began by winning her first victories in the World Cup, in Veysonnaz, just before joining Catalonia. ” It brought a lot of confidence. It freed me, there was a click on the skis “, she guesses. In Switzerland, she had won two of the three giants on the program. Exactly the event on Thursday’s program. ” But there are stronger girls at Worlds. I’m not thinking of gold but I’ll try to get a medal anyway. »
Deleplace and Piccard also in silver
The only girl in the France group, Aurélie Richard is not the only one to have distinguished herself in the descent. In the standing category, Arthur Bauchet finished 4th, Oscar Burnham 8th and Jordan Broisin 11th. But Hyacinthe Deleplace and his guide Roy Piccard also won a silver medal for the visually impaired.
” Even if we hoped to make the title, we are happy with the resultpromises Hyacinthe Deleplace, frustrated by his 4th places in the Super-G and super-combined. Finish 2nd to 4 tenths of (the Austrian Johannes) Aigner, who is consistent in all disciplines, is a good omen. We have found good things, we are gaining experience in communication. What his new guide confirms: Hyacinthe did the jobbelieves Roy Piccard. After a good first run, we were able to put things in place for the second, not much was missing. We are hot! »
On the other side of Europe, on the tracks of Ostersund in Sweden, the Nordics remain in frustration. The day after the KO sprint where Benjamin Daviet and Anthony Chalençon finished 4th, the latter failing at the foot of the podium when he was well placed in the final, the two Frenchmen still inherited runners-up. On the 10 km (biathlon), Benjamin Daviet stalled in 5th place while Anthony Chalençon and his guide Florian Michelon slipped to 9th place.