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Country: Spain Hometown: Sabadell Date of Birth: June 17, 1989 Stance: Goofy Sponsors: Red Bull
Queralt Castellet broke onto the international scene after making her Olympic debut in 2006, finishing 26th place overall at the Torino Games. Despite not making the finals, and being only 17-years-old at the time, the Spanish rider added a combo of 900s, 720s and 540s to her trick arsenal and quickly became one of the riders to watch. After taking 10th place in her first World Snowboarding Championships in ’07, Castellet went on to claim a handful of podium finishes on the FIS World Cup circuit and closed out the 2008 season in third place overall in halfpipe rankings. The 2009-10 offered the Spanish snowboarder a chance to make her mark on US soil when she claimed fourth place at the Copper Mountain stop of the Grand Prix series. The halfpipe specialist went on to claim top podium honors at the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour, and third at the second, before finishing seventh in her first Winter X Games appearance. Gaining momentum in high-profile competitions, Castellet made the finals at the Vancouver Olympics, trailing behind heavyweights Torah Bright and Kelly Clark in qualifying. But an unfortunate fall during a practice run derailed her bid for a medal.