Rio 2016: Charline Picon Wins Gold

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Another gold goes to France, this time in the windsurfing category.

The women’s windsurfing RS:X race at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics was a neck and neck race until seconds before the finish line, leaving many thinking that Russia’s Stefania Elfutina or China’s Peina Chen would get gold and silver. In fact, the race was so close that up until the very end, it seemed like seven of the racers had the chance to pull in as winners.

But in the last moments, France’s Charline Picon picked up speed as Elfutina got a penalty, allowing Picon to make a dramatic finish and win the gold, while Chen won silver and Elfutina won bronze.

Not expecting the win, Picon was overwhelmed with happiness at getting gold.

“It was a very hard week for me,” said Picon. “It was very hard, nothing was like I wanted. And to finish like this is amazing.”

Picon discusses her feelings post-race in this video, inspiring others to always hope for the gold even if it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen:


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