Vincent Vittoz

Vincent Vittoz (born 17 July 1975 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie) is a French former cross-country skier, non-commissioned officer[1] and coach.[2] He grew up in the town of La Clusaz in the Northern French Alps and has been competing since 1982. He made his FIS Cross-Country World Cup debut in January 1996 in Nové Město na Moravě, finishing 22nd in a 15 km classical race.[3] He won a gold medal in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit at the 2005 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf. As of 2018 Vittoz is the only French cross-country skiing world champion.[3]

Vincent Vittoz
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Country France
Born (1975-07-17) 17 July 1975 (age 45)
Annecy, France
Ski clubDéfense EMHM La Clusaz
World Cup career
Seasons19962011
Individual wins8
Team wins1
Indiv. podiums26
Team podiums7
Indiv. starts215
Team starts37
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 2005)
Discipline titles0

Vittoz's best overall team finish at the Winter Olympics was a fourth place in the 4 × 10 km relay events in Turin in the 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010. His best individual finish in Turin was sixth in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit in. He finished fifth in the 15 km free event in Vancouver. He competed in four Olympic Games in total, in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.[3]

Vittoz won seven World Cup individual events and one World Cup team event. He was ranked second in the overall classification of the 2005 World Cup.

Vittoz served as an ambassador for Annecy's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[4]

He retired from competition at the end of the 2010-11 season, taking up a position as coach of the French national under-23 cross-country ski team in the spring of 2011.[2] Seven years later, he was appointed as the coach of the French national biathlon team.[5]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[6]

Olympic GamesEdit

 Year   Age   10 km  15 km  Pursuit   30 km  50 km  Sprint  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1998 23 24 N/A 19 21 N/A 13 N/A
2002 27 N/A 13 11 8 N/A
2006 31 N/A 14 6 N/A 9 4
2010 35 N/A 5 15 N/A 13 4 7

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1 medal – (1 gold)
 Year   Age   10 km  15 km  Pursuit   30 km   50 km   Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1997 22 28 N/A 28 16 N/A N/A
1999 24 45 N/A DNF N/A 15 N/A
2001 26 N/A 21 19 DNF 30 N/A
2003 28 N/A 28 DNF 6 11 N/A
2005 30 N/A 6 Gold N/A 6 5
2007 32 N/A DNF 10 N/A 5
2009 34 N/A 23 6 N/A 9 9
2011 36 N/A 34 N/A 22 11

World CupEdit

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Season standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
1996 21 67 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 22 37 N/A 57 N/A 26 N/A N/A N/A
1998 23 54 N/A NC N/A 44 N/A N/A N/A
1999 24 35 N/A 68 N/A 31 N/A N/A N/A
2000 25 31 N/A 78 22 18 N/A N/A N/A
2001 26 16 N/A N/A N/A 37 N/A N/A N/A
2002 27 24 N/A N/A N/A 72 N/A N/A N/A
2003 28 8 N/A N/A N/A NC N/A N/A N/A
2004 29 19 15 N/A N/A 64 N/A N/A N/A
2005 30     N/A N/A 60 N/A N/A N/A
2006 31 5   N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007 32 6   N/A N/A NC N/A 19 N/A
2008 33 11 4 N/A N/A 53 N/A DNF  
2009 34 10 11 N/A N/A NC N/A 17  
2010 35 9 5 N/A N/A NC N/A 18 5
2011 36 23 20 N/A N/A NC 11 22

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 8 victories – (7 WC, 1 SWC)
  • 26 podiums – (23 WC, 3 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  2000–01  8 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
2 16 December 2000   Brusson, Italy 10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 3rd
3 2002–03 23 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
4 17 December 2002   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
5  2003–04  6 December 2003   Toblach, Italy 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 3rd
6 6 February 2004   La Clusaz, France 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
7 2004–05 27 November 2004   Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
8 11 December 2004   Lago di Tesero, Italy 15 km + 15 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 3rd
9 18 December 2004   Ramsau, Austria 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
10 15 January 2005   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
11  2005–06  27 November 2005   Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
12 15 December 2005   Canmore, Canada 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
13 31 December 2005   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
14 5 February 2006   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
15  2006–07  26 November 2006   Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
16 2 January 2007   Oberstdorf, Germany 10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F Stage World Cup 1st
17 3 February 2007   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
18 16 February 2007   Changchun, China 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
19 2007–08 16 March 2008   Bormio, Italy 15 km Pursuit F World Cup 1st
20  2008–09  24 January 2009   Otepää, Estonia 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
21 22 March 2009   Falun, Sweden 15 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 2nd
22 18–22 March 2009   World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 2nd
23  2009–10  21 November 2009   Beitostølen, Norway 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
24 13 March 2010   Oslo, Norway 50 km Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
25 21 March 2010   Falun, Sweden 15 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
26  2010–11  12 March 2011   Lahti, Estonia 10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 3rd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 1 victory – (1 RL)
  • 7 podiums – (7 RL)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammates
1 2003–04 7 February 2004   La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Rousselet / Perrillat-Collomb / Jonnier
2  2004–05  21 November 2004   Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Perrillat-Collomb / Jonnier / Chauvet
3 12 December 2004   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Perrillat-Collomb / Jonnier / Rousselet
4  2005–06  20 November 2005   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Rousselet / Perrillat-Collomb / Jonnier
5  2006–07  4 February 2007   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Gaillard / Jonnier / Rousselet
6 25 March 2007   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Perrillat-Collomb Gaillard / Jonnier
7  2008–09  7 December 2008   La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Gaillard / Manificat / Jonnier

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vittoz, Vincent, Équipe de France Militaire de Ski 2011
  2. ^ a b Prato, Benoît (16 August 2011). "Vincent Vittoz : "À eux de construire leur histoire"" [Vincent Vittoz: "It's up to them to build their story"]. Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Prato, Benoît (10 December 2018). "Smirnov, larmes, stand de tir : les premières fois de Vincent Vittoz" [Smirnov, tears, shooting range: the first times of Vincent Vittoz]. Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Vincent Vittoz : " J'ai cherché à donner mon meilleur "" [Vincent Vittoz: "I tried to give my best"]. French National Olympic and Sports Committee (in French). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ Prato, Benoît (14 June 2018). "Vincent Vittoz : "Coacher Martin Fourcade est une belle opportunité"" [Vincent Vittoz: "To coach Martin Fourcade is a great opportunity"]. Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Athlete : VITTOZ Vincent". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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