Kazakh freestyle skier wins silver at World Championships

ASTANA – Yulia Galysheva gave Kazakh sport lovers another reason for joy by winning a silver medal in the women’s dual moguls competitions at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, being held March 7-19 in Sierra Nevada, Spain between March 7 and 19. The gold medal went to Perrine Laffont of France and the bronze to American Jaelin Kauf.

Photo credit: Izturgan Aldauev

Photo credit: Izturgan Aldauev

Galysheva, who is one of the discipline’s leaders internationally, passed the qualifying stage. She had an uneasy 18-17 win over German Lea Bouard in 1/8 of the finals. Then the 24-year old competed against Australian Brittney Cox, surpassing her with a score of 23-12. In the semi-final she competed against Korean Seo Jee-Won, winning 27-8.

In the final round, Galysheva gave way to Perrine Laffont. She came just one point short of winning gold. Galysheva is the first Kazakh athlete to win a silver medal at a world championship in freestyle ski and snowboard.

“Of course, I am pleased with my performance because I improved my previous result from the last championship when I came in third. This time, I won silver. I did my best in the finals and I was faster and made more complicated jumps. But the judges decided to give the victory to my opponent from France with a one point advantage. I think it is a good season completion for me. Although it did not run quite smoothly at first, after the middle of the season, I climbed the podium several times at the World Cup, the Universiade, the Asian Games and now the World Championships,” Galysheva said.