Lysanne Richard

Canada

Lysanne Richard

Canada

The 37-year-old Canadian endured a nightmare 12 months in 2017 after a neck injury ruled her out for the whole season, but bounced back in style last season. She opened with a fifth-place finish in Texas, improved in Azores to take her first podium of the season, before completing a sensational return to form with victory in Switzerland. By the time of the season final, Lysanne Richard found herself right in the middle of the closest title fight ever.

"Did I expect to be in contention for the title? – Yes, because we always aim high," says the 162cm small ever-smiling powerhouse, "but I'm just happy and grateful that I could do the whole season and my body still felt good; that was the main objective of the season."

What helped her rehabilitation process and supported her positivity was the newly adopted meditation routine. "I used that time to connect with myself; I tried to meditate it every day for a short amount of time. This is really about mindfulness and complete presence, conscience, and it has helped me to heal," explains the three-time mom.

Coming almost out of nowhere, the graduate from National Circus School of Montreal and former character at Cirque du Soleil took the challenges of propelling herself from the 21m-platform in acrobatic grace with a smile ever since her first start in 2014. With nine podium finishes in 16 starts – three went straight to the top – Richard is definitely a challenger for the 2019 Women's World Series title.