The French station that this Thursday welcomes the start of the stage, which already saw the victory of Bernard Thévenet In 1973, it also appeared in one of the most iconic chapters of Spanish sport. It was not in a cycle race, but in an alpine ski slalom. And neither in a Tour, but in the Winter Games of Albertville. On February 20, 1992, Blanca Fernandez Ochoa she became the first Spanish woman to win an Olympic medal. If you look at the images that immortalize the historic bronze, White It shows on its dorsal the number 8 and the name of Meribel.
White He stood in front of the mirror that morning and said to himself: “Today is going to be a great day.” I had been working with a psychologist for two months, because as the date approached, the fears of the past resurfaced. Four years earlier, the skier from Cercedilla moved Spain with its descent into the giant of Calgary 1988. White he had set the best time in the first heat and was proceeding to finish the job in the second, when a crippling crash ended his chances of gold and podium. It was a very famous event in the country, which cried with her.
The Madrilenian had announced her retirement for that year, but she did not want to be left with the bad taste in her mouth and, pushed by her relatives, decided to continue for another four years. It was in Albertville 1992 or never. His nerves increased that morning when he hit the slopes and heard a deafening noise. They were her seven brothers, who had closed their businesses to move to cheer her on, with flags and a cape. In front was Paco Fernandez Ochoa, Paquito, gold in Sapporo 1972, the only winter medalist to that date.
White he made a fantastic first descent: second best time. Then he was lost around the station, away from any influence that might put more pressure on his target. It was a lesson learned from Calgary. During this period he visualized slalom several times, as the psychologist had taught him. The final round lasted 45.10 seconds. Good weather. He couldn’t keep the silver, but the bronze tasted like glory to him. The dream of a life … of that life that died a year ago in the Sierra de Guadarrama. When White He made Spain cry again.