No matter who you were rooting for, the elite races in this year’s 2021 World Championship DH race were won by two legendary role models of the sport. Myriam Nicole and Greg Minnaar have both proven that perseverance and a supportive team environment can bolster athletes to perform at their best, time and time again.
Nicole was followed by French countrywoman Marine Cabirou at a full 4.8 seconds back, and Monika Hrastnik of Slovenia earned the bronze plate at 6 seconds off the lead pace. Tahnee Seagrave of the UK and Elenora Farina from Italy rounded out the elite women’s top-five slots.
The elite men’s race was a classic nail muncher throughout, with a few of the last riders on track sliding into the hot seat. Antoine Vidal held the throne for quite a long time, but Greg Minnaar rode consistently faster as he reached the finish to earn the top spot. With Thibaut Dapréla left at the top, Minnaar’s taste of another gold metal wasn’t guaranteed. That is, until Dapréla pushed the grip a little too hard and crashed. Twice. Despite dual-dirt-naps, he managed to finish in 71st position, rolling across the line to celebrate Nicole and Minnarr with the rest of the crowd.
The french contingent was strong as ever. Mathilde Bernard landed herself in 14th place, 28.8 seconds off the winning time.
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