The different French ski teams put up a particularly brilliant performance this season on all types of slope. This is a source of great satisfaction for the skiers, their federation and all those who support them… such as the Caisse d'Epargne Rhône-Alpes.
A great year
2021 will stand out as a great year in the annals of French skiing both for its managers and coaches and, of course, for the athletes themselves. We won’t dwell on the French biathlon team (and its perfect navigation of the post-Martin Fourcade era) but rather focus on the exceptional year achieved by the French Alpine Ski Team as evidenced by the final stage in the World Cup organized in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. After winning the Giant Slalom in the World Cup finals, Alexis Pinturault came 3rd in the season’s final slalom just behind his fellow French skier Clément Noël. This competition was also the last race run by the double world champion Jean-Baptiste Grange, an outstanding champion applauded by twin rows of admirers as he made his exit.
This triumphant end to a career and top-ranking results came after the World Championships in Italy and the five medals carried off by French competitors. But, above all, these good results confirm the excellent level of French skiing overall.
Alexis Pinturault and Perrine Laffont in the annals of history
The immense satisfaction of the French Alpine Ski Team was Alexis Pinturault’s winning of the Big Crystal Globe. This triumph in the overall World Cup ranking is a real achievement, as “Pintu” (as he is affectionately known) joins Jean-Claude Killy (1967 and 1968) and Luc Alphand (1997) as winners of the men’s Gig Globe. This historic performance guarantees him a place in the annals of his sport. And since we’re talking about the history of French skiing, we should also mention Perrine Laffont who has now become a member of this elite group of athletes. Indeed, after winning her Olympic medal and four Crystal Globes, she became world champion in humpback skiing this winter at the World Championships held in Kazakhstan. This achievement is all the more exceptional when you consider that she is still only 24 years of age...
A partner of the French Ski Federation (FFS) for the past 25 years, the Caisse d'Epargne Rhône-Alpes congratulates the French Alpine Ski Teams for their outstanding performance this season!
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Photo caption: Alexis Pinturault, Clément Noël, and Perrine Laffont