Alexis Pinturault of France is quickly establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the technical disciplines. In just over three seasons of racing on the World Cup circuit, he has landed on the podium 16 times with four victories, and in 2013 won his first season globe in super-combined. He was named the 2013 Longines Rising Ski Star award winner, alongside American teen Mikaela Shiffrin.
- 2013: World Cup standings – 1st (super-combined), 3rd (giant slalom)
- 2013: World Championships – 5th (giant slalom), 6th (super-G, slalom, super-combined)
- 2011: World Championships – 17th (slalom)
- 2011: Junior World Championships – Gold (giant slalom)
- 2009: Junior World Championships – Gold (giant slalom)
Things to know:
1. Considered for years to be one of the most skilled athletes in the French junior ranks, Pinturault backed up that notion with consecutive gold medals in giant slalom at the 2009 and 2011 Junior World Championships and became the first Frenchman to win the overall Europa-Cup title in 2011. That same year, Pinturault scored his first World Cup podium, finishing second to Ted Ligety in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom and finished 17th in slalom at the World Championships.
2. Away from skiing, Pinturault enjoys golf, wakeboarding and tennis, the latter of which got him into some trouble as an ankle injury suffered on the hardcourt delayed his start to the 2012-13 season. Nevertheless, he returned strong with seven podium finishes, including a thrilling victory in the Val d’Isere slalom, and won the World Cup globe in super-combined. He, along with American Mikaela Shiffrin, were the recipients of the 2013 Longines Rising Ski Star Award.
3. Pinturault grew up in Annecy, but now lives in Courchevel, where his father, Claude, runs an upscale hotel l’Annapurna’ which was built in the early 1970s. Pinturault’s mother, Hege Wiig, is from Norway and he spent many of his childhood summers there. He has dual French and Norwegian citizenship.