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Queralt Castellet wins halfpipe silver, Spain’s first medal in 30 years

Queralt Castellet is now the most decorated Spanish snowboarder in history. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Queralt Castellet won silver in the halfpipe on Wednesday, becoming the first woman from Spain to win a Winter Olympics medal in 30 years.

Castellet hit back-to-back 900s on her second run, posting a 90.25. Winner Chloe Kim posted a 94, while Japan’s Sena Tomita took third with an 88.25.

It’s Castellet’s fifth Olympic Games. Previously, she finished 11th in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics and seventh in 2018 at the PyeongChang Olympics.

“All the emotions just exploded at the end,” she told following her run. “And today was amazing even though I didn’t start on the right foot, on the second run everything came out, the nerves, the pressure, my thoughts of how important this is and somehow the strength came as well.

“Somehow I managed to put it all together in the second run and make it happen.”

With the silver, Castellet is now the most decorated Spanish snowboarder and winter athlete in the country’s history.