Pierre Vaultier has been doing this lengthy sufficient to know the way it goes.
You make a dwelling strapping a snowboard to your ft and careening down a mountain inside arm’s attain of different riders, and issues occur. And when you get dumped, if somebody cuts you off or wipes out in entrance of you or in the event you zig if you actually meant to zag and also you go down, properly, you are cooked.
But there the defending Olympic males’s snowboardcross champion was through the semifinals at Phoenix Snow Park on Thursday, laying within the snow after Australia’s Jarryd Hughes took the improper line and despatched Vaultier down.
The Frenchman figured his hopes of capturing one other gold medal to go together with one he earned in Sochi 4 years in the past have been lengthy gone.
“Crashing right into a run and qualifying for the subsequent one is one thing fairly uncommon,” Vaultier stated.
Good factor Vaultier is way from a traditional rider. He scrambled again on his board, strapped his boots again in his bindings and took off. It did not matter that he completed sixteen seconds behind the 2 leaders. He got here in third to earn a spot within the ultimate. That is all he wanted.
Vaultier did not let his fortunate break go to waste, sprinting to the entrance early to seize France’s second…