6th – (2011–16)
| 3 – (2011, 2013, 2015)|
Alpine ski racer
1 – (2014)
March 13, 2009
| Douanes – SC Courchevel|
20 March 1991 (age 24)
Moutiers, Savoie, France (1991-03-20)
Claude Pinturault, Hege Wiig Pinturault
Alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men's giant slalom
Giant slalom, Slalom skiing
Alexis Pinturault Wikipedia
Alexis Pinturault ( Alexis Pinturault ) (born 20 March 1991) is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist.
Pinturault has seventeen World Cup victories through December 10, 2016. He represented France at three World Championships and at the Winter Olympics in 2014, where he won a bronze medal in the giant slalom. He was a two-time world junior champion in giant slalom, in 2009 and 2011.
Born in Moûtiers, Savoie, Pinturault grew up in Annecy. His mother, Hege Wiig Pinturault, is from Bergen, Norway, and he spent many of his childhood summers in Norway at Hestnesøy, near Grimstad. He has dual citizenship and was a double junior world champion in giant slalom in 2009 and 2011.
A week before his 18th birthday, Pinturault made his World Cup debut in March 2009 in Åre, Sweden. His first podium came two years later in March 2011, a runner-up finish in giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. That fall, he was also a runner-up at Sölden in October 2011, and gained his first World Cup victory in February 2012, in the parallel slalom in Moscow, Russia.
Pinturault was unable to make the season start in Sölden in October 2012, as he injured his ankle while playing tennis and had to pause for a three-month period. In December, he won his second World Cup race in a slalom at Val-d'Isère, where he thrilled the home fans with a brilliant second run under the floodlights to rise from sixth place. He convincingly beat Germany's Felix Neureuther by half a second and future World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who led by 0.57 seconds after the first run. Pinturault's third win was at the super-combined in Wengen, Switzerland, where his superior slalom skills were key. After placing 22nd in the downhill portion, he finished 1.15 seconds ahead of Ivica Kostelić of Croatia. The training run for the downhill portion was his first time on downhill skis for months, as he missed pre-season speed training after surgery on his left ankle in August to repair ligaments damaged while playing tennis. Pinturault did not medal at the world championships in 2013, but had four top-six finishes. A week later he claimed a fourth World Cup win, his first in giant slalom, at Garmisch, Germany. Second after the first run, Pinturault's total time was 0.60 seconds ahead of runner-up Hirscher. On 15 March, he was honored as the 2013 Longines Rising Star, as the top young racer (under 23) of the season.
Pinturault changed equipment after the 2014 season, from Salomon to Head.2 titles – (2 Combined)
1 Unofficial, tied with Ivica Kostelić19 wins – (1 SG, 9 GS, 2 SL, 6 SC, 1 PSL)
42 podiums – (3 SG, 24 GS, 3 SL, 9 SC, 3 PSL)
2 Unofficial, tied with Ted Ligety