Published on February 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle0
Noelle Barahona Disqualified in Final Race
Chile’s female participation at the Sochi Olympic Games has come to a close, with Noelle Barahona disqualified from her final race.
While Chile’s team was bigger than the three sent to Vancouver, the Sochi Games included a number of difficult moments. Debutant Stephanie Joffroy crashed out of her race in the skicross and was stretchered off the course, while three-Olympian Noelle Barahona was disqualified from her slalom race.
The slalom was the 23-year-old’s fifth event in Sochi, and she admitted being tired ahead of the event. After crashing in the first race, Barahona had to get back to action to continue her events. She said to Sport/Life, “I had a crash in the first competition of the Games which gave me pretty bad back pain (which is still there) but it’s good to fall and get up immediately. Not think about it and get on with it.”
The young skiier will look to improve ahead of the 2018 Games in South Korea, planning to spend a full four year cycle in preparation for the next game, and hoping to overcome any similar errors. “It’s not like a game of football, where you have 90 minutes and you know if you have given a bad pass or missed a goal. Here you have one minute and sometimes you don’t know what you’re doing,” she said.
Chile’s participation will finish up with Henrik Von Appen and Eugenio Claro in the slalom on Saturday.