Jean-Luc Crétier

Jean-Luc Crétier (born April 28, 1966 in Albertville, Savoie) is a retired French World Cup alpine ski racer. He was one of the four members of the "Top Guns" team, created and trained by Serge Guillaume outwith the mainstream of the French Alpine Ski Federation, along with Luc Alphand, Franck Piccard, and Denis Rey.

Jean-Luc Crétier
Medal record
Men's alpine skiing
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano Downhill

At age 31, Crétier won the gold medal in the downhill at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. He was the fourth Frenchman to win the Olympic downhill, but the first in thirty years, since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968.

It was the only victory of Crétier's international career; however, he achieved five World Cup podium finishes, three in the two months prior to his Olympic title.

Crétier finished fourth in the combined event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in his hometown of Albertville.[1] His final World Cup race was just ten months after Nagano; he incurred a career-ending knee injury at Val Gardena in December 1998.[2]

World Cup resultsEdit

Season standingsEdit

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1989 22 44 34 7
1990 23 59 18
1991 24 61 18
1992 25 55 19 13
1993 26 97 39 50
1994 27 38 13
1995 28 25 44 10 6
1996 29 94 36
1997 30 62 30 29
1998 31 18 27 5
1999 32 68 26 39

Race podiumsEdit

  • 0 wins
  • 5 podiums - (5 DH), 25 top tens
Season Date Location Discipline Place
1994 18 Dec 1993   Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 3rd
29 Jan 1994   Chamonix, France Downhill 2nd
1998 4 Dec 1997   Beaver Creek, USA Downhill 2nd
17 Jan 1998     Wengen, Switzerland Downhill 2nd
23 Jan 1998   Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 3rd

World Championship resultsEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1991 24 11
1993 26
1996 29 35 16
1997 30 15 13
  • The Super-G in 1993 was cancelled after multiple weather delays.

Olympic resultsEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1988 21 DSQ1 6
1992 25 24 4
1994 27 24
1998 31 25 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jean-Luc Crétier Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Olympic downhill champion injured". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 20, 1998. p. 11F.

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