Alain Giletti

Alain Giletti (born 11 September 1939 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain) is a French figure skater. He is the 1960 World champion, the 1955-1957 & 1960-1961 European champion and is a ten-time (1951–1957, 1959–1961) French national champion. At the age of 12,[1] he represented France at the 1952 Winter Olympics, where he placed 7th. He placed 4th at the 1956 Winter Olympics, and 4th again at the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Alain Giletti
Personal information
Full nameAlain Giletti
Country represented France
Born (1939-09-11) 11 September 1939 (age 82)
Bourg-en-Bresse
Former partnerMichèle Allard
Medal record
Representing  France
Men's Figure skating
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1960 Vancouver Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1954 Oslo Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1958 Paris Men's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1955 Budapest Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1956 Paris Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1957 Vienna Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1960 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1961 Berlin Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1953 Dortmund Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1954 Bolzano Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1958 Bratislava Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1959 Davos Men's singles

He also competed as a pair skater. With partner Michèle Allard, he is the 1956 French national champion.

At the time Giletti won his World title in 1960, he was on leave from compulsory military service in France and expected to be sent on a four-month tour of Algeria upon his return. He was normally stationed in Paris where his schedule allowed him to train in the mornings with his coach Jacqueline Vaudecrane. Prior to starting his military service, he also trained in the United States with Pierre Brunet.[2] Giletti expected to defend his World title in 1961, but those championships were cancelled after the crash of Sabena Flight 548 killed all members of the U.S. team. Giletti turned professional to tour with Holiday On Ice, Scala Eisrevue and later became a skating coach in Chamonix, France.[3] Surya Bonaly is one of his students. He currently trains figure skating in the Angoulême area, France.[4]

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
Winter Olympic Games 7th 4th 4th
World Championships 8th 5th 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 4th 1st
European Championships 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
French Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ He is the youngest participant in France Olympic team history
  2. ^ "The New World Champion", Skating magazine, May 1960
  3. ^ "Alain Giletti Hurt In Ski Accident". The New York Times. February 11, 1983.
  4. ^ Saint Yrieix sur Charente infos Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine October, 2010