WATER SKIER CUGLIEVAN WINS FOURTH GOLD MEDAL FOR PERU
This is the second time Natalia Cuglievan has picked up gold, as she won the same event at Toronto 2015.
Water skier Natalia Cuglievan won the fourth gold medal for Peru, becoming the first Peruvian athlete to win a second personal gold medal in the history of the Pan American Games.
The now two-time Pan American champion repeated her feat from Toronto 2015 after winning the tricks event in the competition held at Laguna de Bujama.
Cuglievan scored 9910 points, beating American Erika Lang (9720) and Canadian Louise Rini (8820).
Before the competition, Natalia had claimed to feel “ready”, as she had been training intensively for the last six months.
“It’s a great honor for me to represent Peru and to make water skiing better known. I did feel a little more pressure because I was competing in my home country, in front of my family and my people. But all the effort I put in was worth it,” stated Natalia.
Her debut at the Pan American Games was at the age of just 14, at Guadalajara 2011. She managed to reach the fourth place. Toronto 2015 was the occasion to start showing all her class, as she took home the gold medal. Four years later, Natalia won gold again at the Lima 2019 Games.
“Sports are truly important, and Peru made an effort to organize the Pan American Games,” concluded Natalia.