The Malta Independent 24 February 2020, Monday

Winter Olympics: Malta’s Elise Pellegrin finishes 50th from 74 competitors in women’s slalom

Friday, 16 February 2018, 11:32 Last update: about 3 years ago

Following yesterday's disappointing day for Malta at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics, Malta's Elise Pellegrin made up with a good performance in the Women's Slalom event today  at Yongpyong Alpine Centre when Pellegrin finished in 50th place amongst 74 athletes.

Pellegrin started with a strong first session.  With a potential time to give her a top 30 placing, Pellegrin went a bit wide on one of the gates but handled the course well to still enable a 56th place finish and attempt a second run.

In the second session, held in the afternoon, Pellegrin skied much more confidently and improved her position by 6 places to end up 50th position from 74 athletes.
Considering the tough windy and icy conditions, she handled the slope very well today finishing way above skiers from many other countries.
Sweden's Frida Hansdotter won the gold medal with a total time of 1.38.63, the Silver medal went to Swiss Wendy Holdener + 0.05 while Austrian athlete Katharina Gallhuber settled for bronze + 0 . 32 sec.

This was Pellegrin's second Olympic experience following her debut in the Sochi Olympiad in 2014.  In Pyeongchang, Pellegrin was accompanied by  her coach Marvin Hocquax. Chef de Mission for Malta was Dr. Lucienne Attard. 

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