ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Until the moment Cécile Hernandez of France was handed an official racing bib and a time slot on Saturday, she still feared that race officials would forbid her to compete. Only the day before, after months of legal wrangling, she sat in her room in the Olympic Village, listening via video conference to a court proceeding in Germany in which an opposing team's national delegation questioned her level of disability. Her lawyer had assured her that all would be fine, that all she needed to worry about was zooming as fast as possible down the Genting Snow Park snowboarding course at the Beijing Paralympics. But with legal jargon still clattering around her mind — along with an image from one of her social media accounts that was used as evidence against her — Hernandez's anxiety spiked in the form of insomnia, worry and tears. "I know they didn't want me here," she said. "Can you imagine what that is like? I did not sleep for two nights. The stress was so much, and it was making my M.S. worse." Hernandez, who has multiple sclerosis, overcame her stress and lack of sleep to finish atop the standings on… Read full this story
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