The only Brazilian to compete in snowboarding at the Beijing Winter Paralympics (China), André Barbieri ended his participation this Monday (7th), ranking 13th in the general classification. The gaucho stopped in the quarterfinals when he was surpassed by the Chinese Yiyang Liu, the North American Noah Elliott and the Austrian Renie Eckhar. He competes in the LL1 class, intended for people with disabilities in one or both legs.
EMOTION FROM THE START TO THE FINISH LINE!
The gaucho André Barbieri is in the 13th position in the #Snowboard cross us #Paralympic Games Winter 2022: https://t.co/spSkvENLNd#ParalympicsInBeijing#WinterParalympics #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/Cat499QoCd
— Brazilian Paralympic Committee (@cpboficial) March 7, 2022
“I was very focused, but my opponents made few mistakes. It was a very difficult heat. Anyway, I’m very happy to be here at the Games. The route was one of the most fun I’ve seen in my entire career and snowboarding is always a great emotion. It’s a sport that almost cost my life. I lost my leg in the sport. So, being here and representing my country is already a victory. This is priceless. Now, I’m going to prepare for my last race , in the banked slalom”, said Barbieri, in testimony to the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB).
He returns to compete in the early hours of next Saturday (12), from 1 am (Brazilia time).
The gaucho started in Paralympic snowboarding after suffering an accident while snowboarding in California (United States) in 2011. On that occasion he broke the femur of his left leg and had to undergo four surgeries, but the limb had to be amputated.
Programming of Brazilians in Beijing 2022
Tuesday, March 8
11pm – Men’s and women’s sprint cross-country ski qualifiers (Aline Rocha, Cristian Ribera, Guilherme Rocha, Robelson Lula and Wesley Santos).
Wednesday, March 9
1h – Semifinals and finals of men’s and women’s sprint cross-country skiing.
Saturday, March 12
1h – Banked slalom snowboard finals (André Barbieri).
1h30 – Finals of men’s and women’s middle distance cross-country skiing (Aline Rocha, Cristian Ribera, Guilherme Rocha, Robelson Lula and Wesley Santos).
11pm – Mixed cross-country ski relay.
Sunday, March 13
9h – Closing Ceremony
Translated to english by RJ983
From Brazil, by EBC News