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Spanish snowboarder reveals journey back to top of the podium in new video.
Spaniard Queralt Castellet has rediscovered her love for snowboarding after a painful episode in her life where she wondered whether she would ever compete again.
Her New Zealand boyfriend and trainer Ben Jolly passed away in 2015, which threatened to cut short a promising halfpipe career including a World Championship silver and two World Cup wins.
After a period of reflection back in her home of Sabadell, though, she decided to return to the slopes again under new trainer Benjamin Bright (brother of her idol, Torah Bright) that culminated in an emotional World Cup victory at Snowmass last weekend.
The 28-year-old’s journey back to the top has been documented in a moving Ride to the Roots episode on Red Bull TV ahead of her Winter Games medal tilt at PyeongChang in February.
The former gymnast explained, “This moment was the end of everything for me. Everything stopped. I didn’t know what to do, how to continue my life. Ben was my everything.
“When I decided to go back to snowboarding it was like conquering my life and myself again, to put my skin back. I feel I have been reborn. Ben would be happy.”
Watch the moving Ride to the Roots episode HERE.