It is 12:36 pm when Kelly Sildaru sets off for her first run in the final and takes off in the sky of the Vaud Alps. Already a winner in the morning of qualifying, the 17-year-old Estonian is on a mission. The one who has already won everything when she turns 18 in a month wants her Olympic medal. Absent in PyeongChang because injured (rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee), the superstar wants to mark the history of his sport and is not to be missed. Admittedly, she will go to Aspen on Sunday for the X Games, but she really planned to leave Lausanne with a medal.
Under a completely clear sky and in a park magnificently prepared in spite of the few centimeters of snow fallen during the night, his first passage is clean, worthy of his greatest successes (world titles, medals at the X Games, etc.). The skier did even better during her second run and therefore ensured the Olympic gold, certainly among young people, but Olympic all the same. And in view of the competition present in Leysin, it can take great credit for it. “Everything went perfectly today,” said Kelly Sildaru. The sun was out, the track was perfect and all the girls went crazy. ”
If the star of these YOGs, perhaps the best freeskier on the planet, made a brief appearance, she will not have left her mark on this Lausanne edition. “For me, this medal is very valuable,” said the Estonian. I have not had any Olympic experience before so it was very important for me to know what it looked like and I am sure it will help me in the future. These were my first and my last YOG. I had a lot of fun here. The Olympic village is also great and I could enjoy the support of the Estonians present here. ”Seeing Virginie Faivre, former halfpipe world champion, give her the mascot during the ceremony at the bottom of the park had all a symbol. Like a magic transfer of power between two champions. Enough to inspire the thousands of people who have come to see sport at a very high level. And who want more!
Laurent Morel, Leysin