Winter Olympics 2018: France snowboarder Pierre Vaultier thanks 'lucky stars' after defending title in Pyeongchang

Frenchman Pierre Vaultier thanked his lucky stars on Thursday after retaining his Olympic snowboard cross title, the sixth medal for France at the Pyeongchang Games.

AFP February 15, 2018 15:34:16 IST
Winter Olympics 2018: France snowboarder Pierre Vaultier thanks 'lucky stars' after defending title in Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang: Frenchman Pierre Vaultier thanked his lucky stars on Thursday after retaining his Olympic snowboard cross title, the sixth medal for France at the Pyeongchang Games.

Winter Olympics 2018 France snowboarder Pierre Vaultier thanks lucky stars after defending title in Pyeongchang

Gold medallist Pierre Vaultier of France carries the French flag as he celebrates. Reuters

Vaultier, 30, beat Australian Jarryd Hughes and Regino Hernandez, who brought home Spain's first Winter Olympics medal since 1992.

Celebrating his win, his second gold after Sochi four years ago, Vaultier said he was fortunate to have made the final.

"I thank my lucky stars," he said. "I had a fall in the semis and I was a bit fortunate to make it through to the finals."

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