7 Things to Know About Kate Middleton's Olympic Doppelgänger, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
While Kate Middleton does have a sporty side, the Duchess of Cambridge hasn’t become an Olympic athlete—she just has an Olympic doppelgänger!
It’s easy to notice the uncanny resemblance between French cyclist Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (above, left) and Prince William’s stunning bride. From their dazzling eyes to their charming dimples and smiles, the two look strikingly similar. Plus, they both have a knack for making headlines: The 24-year-old Ferrand-Prevot is one of the best in the sport. Here are seven things to know about Middleton’s look-alike Olympian.
1. She made history at just 23 years old.
Last year, Ferrand-Prevot became the first person in the history of cycling to hold the titles for the World Road, World CycloCross, and World Mountain Bike competitions at the same time.
2. She was the youngest woman in her heat during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The royal doppelgänger was the youngest competitor in the women’s road race during the 2012 Olympics in London, and finished in eighth place.
3. Despite dominating competition last year, she suffered several setbacks.
Ferrand-Prevot suffered a tibial plateau fracture during training in 2015, forcing her to miss most of the 2015 to 2016 cycling season. And she received several botox injections for a pinched nerve in her hip earlier this year.
4. She’s dating someone in her field.
Just like Will and Kate, Ferrand-Prevot has found her perfect match: She is dating a fellow cycler, gold medal-winning French cross-country mountain biker Julien Absalon.
5. She has high musical aspirations.
The cyclist jokingly captioned an Instagram post that her life-long dream has been achieved. “I always dreamed of being a singer. #interview #notgoodforyourears,” she wrote.
6. She is one tough cookie.
Despite taking a face plant that left her with a black eye and some gnarly looking cuts, the competitor got right back on the bike. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” she wrote.
7. Her 2016 Olympics run has been cut short, but she’s already looking to the future.
Ferrand-Prevot had a disappointing road race in Rio, finishing in 26th place. Next up? The 2020 Summer Olympics. “Disappointed. See you in 4 years,” she said.