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Alexis Pinturault (About this soundAlexis Pinturault ) (born 20 March 1991) is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist.

Alexis Pinturault
Alpine skier
Alexis Pinturault octobre 2017.jpg
October 2017
DisciplinesGiant slalom, slalom, combined, super-G
ClubDouanes – SC Courchevel
Born (1991-03-20) 20 March 1991 (age 28)
Moûtiers, Savoie, France
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
World Cup debut13 March 2009 (age 17)
Websitealexispinturault.com
Olympics
Teams2 – (2014, 2018)
Medals3 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 – (201119)
Medals4 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons11 – (200919)
Wins23
Podiums54
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 2019)
Discipline titles3 – (AC, 2016, 2017 & 2019)

With 23 World Cup victories through 16 March 2019, Pinturault is the most successful French skier in World Cup history. He represented France at five World Championships and two Winter Olympics, with four bronze medals in the giant slalom.

Pinturault was world champion in combined in 2019, world champion in the team event in 2017, and a two-time world junior champion in giant slalom, in 2009 and 2011.[1]

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Early yearsEdit

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.

Ski racing careerEdit

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.

2013 seasonEdit

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.

World Cup resultsEdit

Season titlesEdit

Season
Discipline
2013    Combined [1]
2014    Combined [2]
2016 Combined
2017 Combined
2019 Combined
1 Unofficial, tied with Ivica Kostelić
2 Unofficial, tied with Ted Ligety

Season standingsEdit

Season
Age Overall  Slalom  Giant
 Slalom 
 Super  G Downhill Combined
2011 19 54 22 30 30
2012 20 10 18 4 22 54 4
2013 21 6 9 3 33 1
2014 22 3 9 3 13 1
2015 23 3 10 2 10 2
2016 24 3 11 2 27 1
2017 25 4 12 3 22 1
2018 26 6 14 3 19 4
2019 27 2 6 3 21 1
Standings through 16 March 2019

Race victoriesEdit

  Total   Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Combined Parallel
Slalom
Parallel
Giant Slalom
Wins 23 2 11 1 8 1 0
Podiums 54 6 29 3 12 3 1
Season
Date Location Discipline
2012 21 February 2012   Moscow, Russia Parallel slalom
2013 8 December 2012   Val-d'Isère, France Slalom
18 January 2013     Wengen, Switzerland Combined
24 February 2013   Garmisch, Germany Giant slalom
2014 19 January 2014     Wengen, Switzerland Slalom
26 January 2014   Kitzbühel, Austria Combined
13 March 2014     Lenzerheide, Switzerland Super-G
2015 23 January 2015   Kitzbühel, Austria Combined
14 March 2015   Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
2016 22 January 2016   Kitzbühel, Austria Combined
13 February 2016   Naeba, Japan Giant slalom
19 February 2016   Chamonix, France Combined
26 February 2016   Hinterstoder, Austria Giant slalom
28 February 2016 Giant slalom
4 March 2016   Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
2017 23 October 2016   Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
10 December 2016   Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom
29 December 2016   Santa Caterina, Italy Combined
7 January 2017     Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
2018 9 December 2017   Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom
29 December 2017   Bormio, Italy Combined
2019 22 February 2019   Bansko, Bulgaria Combined
16 March 2019   Soldeu, Andorra Giant slalom

World Championship resultsEdit

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined Team Event
2011 19 17 DNF
2013 21 6 5 6 6
2015 23 DNF2 3 11 5
2017 25 DNF1 7 6 10 1
2019 27 4 3 1

Olympic resultsEdit

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
2014 22 DNF2 3 DNF2
2018 26 5 3 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JWSC: Alexis Pinturault (FRA) takes men's giant slalom". fisalpine.com. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.

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