Sept. 15, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Though Alison Levine lost the BC4 Mixed Individual boccia quarterfinals 3-2 to Pornchok Larpyen today, you wouldn’t know it by the smile on her face.
“It’s very hard to be upset after you play one of the best games of your life,” said Levine. “I had the best game of my life, and to do what when it counts is even more incredible.”
Larpyen, who is ranked sixth in the world, was considered the heavy favorite going into the match. Levine is ranked 15th, though she has been ranked as high as ninth.
In the first end, Levine found herself down 0-1, but she came storming back to score two points and take a 2-1 lead in the second. Larpyen rallied to grab another point in the third end, tying the game.
The athletes were tied 2-2 going into the fourth end.
“An elephant could have walked across the court and I wouldn’t have noticed,” said Levine. “I was just super concentrated, motivated, looking up at the Canadian flag when I needed that little extra meeting.”
Levine and Larpyen traded shots, jostling for position around the jack. When the dust cleared, Larpyen had scored a point by mere millimeters, winning the game.
Though Levine finishes her Paralympic journey ranked fifth, she is proud of her result and will carry the momentum through to her training back in Montreal.
“Look what I did. Look how far I’ve come. As long as my body is willing to continue doing it, I think it’s only up from here.”
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