Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon20 June 1974 Perpignan, France
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Silver: banked slalom women’s SB-LL1; bronze: snowboard-cross women’s SB-LL1
- 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
Cecile Hernandez is hoping to climb back on top in the women’s SB-LL1 category. The Frenchwoman came up short of her first Paralympic gold in the women’s banked slalom at PyeongChang 2018 and claimed bronze in snowboard-cross.
Hernandez lost her world titles at Big White, Canada, in 2017 to the USA’s Brenna Huckaby.
Hernandez 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, Hernandez 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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