Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon20 June 1974 Perpignan, France
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships: Silver - banked slalom and snowboard-cross
- 2016-17 IPC Snowboard World Cup: Overall winner - women’s SB-LL1; title winner - banked slalom and snowboard-cross
- 2015-16 IPC Snowboard World Cup: Overall winner - women's SB-LL1
- 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships: Gold - Banked slalom; Silver - Snowboard-cross
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: Silver - snowboard cross
Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of losing her world titles at Big White, Canada in 2017. The USA’s Brenna Huckaby stormed to the top of the podium in both banked slalom and snowboard-cross to leave the French snowboarder with silver.
Hernandez-Cervellon still topped the rankings in the banked slalom and snowboard-cross at the end of the 2016-17 season thanks to a total of five World Cup wins, which also led her to the overall women's SB-LL1 crystal globe.
At Sochi 2014, Cervellon finished nearly 10 seconds (9.88) behind Bibian Mentel-Spee of the Netherlands, a result everyone expected. What few predicted was that the French snowboarder would win a silver medal and bump the USA’s Amy Purdy to third place, nor did they expect it to happen just months into her first World Cup season.
The 2014-15 season was her most successful yet, winning every single World Cup race she entered as part of the women’s SB-LL1 field.
That included wins in banked slalom and the revised format for snowboard-cross, where athletes race head-to-head after an initial qualification round.
In the 2015-16 World Cup season, she stormed to victory in the banked slalom and silver in snowboard-cross, to finish first in the overall rankings ahead of USA’s Nicole Roundy and Canada’s Michelle Salt.
The Frenchwoman became a Para snowboarder after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002. Initially a BMX rider, she looked for a sport that gave a similar sensation as BMX and found that in snowboarding.
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