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Royal seal of approval for French Bobsleigher Camila Copain as Prince Albert of Monaco watches her in action at Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020

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Location: Olympia Bobrun, St Moritz, Switzerland

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French bobsleigher Camila Copain certainly has a bright future ahead of her.

The 15-year-old, who hails from Albertville, only took up the bobsleigh two seasons ago – seeking to replicate the speed and adrenaline that she enjoys so much from skiing – and on Sunday (January 19) finished an impressive fifth in the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) final in St Moritz.

Copain even received some tips from a Royal supporter. Prince Albert of Monaco, who competed for Monaco in the bobsleigh in five consecutive Winter Olympics between 1992 and 2006, was at the world famous Olympia Bobrun to lend his support to the French team.

Copain was 0.46 seconds faster in her second run than her first – and enjoyed the third fastest start of the field in both runs – but ultimately it wasn’t enough for a place on the podium.

Romanian Georgeta Popescu, who had dominated the training runs throughout the week, won in a combined time of 2.26:84 with Copain 1.26 seconds down on that.

But as the second youngest in the field – and the youngest to finish in the top five – there is plenty of reason for Copain to be optimistic.

French flag bearer in the opening ceremony, she will now target not only the 2022 Winter Olympics, but 2026 and beyond.

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