|— Alpine ski racer —|
Pinturault in February 2011
|Disciplines||Giant slalom, Slalom
Combined, Super G
|Club||Douanes – SC Courchevel|
20 March 1991 |
Moûtiers, Savoie, France
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|World Cup debut||13 March 2009 (age 17)|
|Teams||1 – (2014)|
|Teams||2 – (2011, 2013)|
|Seasons||4th – (2011–14)|
|Overall titles||0 – (6th in 2013)|
|Discipline titles||0 – (3rd in GS in 2013)|
He has six World Cup victories through January 2014. Pinturault represented France at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013, and was a two-time world junior champion in giant slalom in 2009 and 2011.
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.
Pinturault was a double junior world champion in giant slalom in 2009 and 2011. He made his debut in the World Cup in Åre, Sweden on 13 March 2009. His first podium was on 5 March 2011, when he placed second in giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. He was also a runner-up at Sölden in October 2011.
Pinturault gained his first World Cup victory on 21 February 2012, in the parallel slalom in Moscow. He was not able 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 2013, he won his second world cup race in a slalom at Val d'Isere on 8 December 2012, where he thrilled the home fans with a brilliant second run under the floodlights to rise from sixth place. This victory in front of his fans felt even more special as the Frenchman convincingly beat Germany's Felix Neureuther by half a second and future World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who led after the first run, by 0.57. Pinturault went on to win the World Cup super-combined in Wengen, Switzerland, using his superior slalom skills to nail the technical second run. After placing 22nd in the downhill portion, he finished 1.15 seconds ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. The training run for the downhill 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 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 of 2:32.42 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.
World Cup results
^ Only two combined races scheduled; a crystal globe was not awarded.
- 6 wins – (1 giant slalom, 2 slalom, 1 parallel slalom, 2 super combined)
- 20 podiums – (1 SG, 9 GS, 3 SL, 5 SC, 2 Parallel Slalom)
|2011||5 Mar 2011||Kranjska Gora, Slovenia||Giant slalom||2nd|
|2012||23 Oct 2011||Sölden, Austria||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|5 Feb 2012||Chamonix, France||Super Combined||2nd|
|21 Feb 2012||Moscow, Russia||Parallel Slalom||1st|
|10 Mar 2012||Kranjska Gora, Slovenia||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|11 Mar 2012||Slalom||3rd|
|15 Mar 2012||Schladming, Austria||Super G||2nd|
|2013||8 Dec 2012||Val-d'Isère, France||Slalom||1st|
|1 Jan 2013||Munich, Germany||Parallel Slalom||3rd|
|18 Jan 2013||Wengen, Switzerland||Super Combined||1st|
|27 Jan 2013||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined||2nd|
|24 Feb 2013||Garmisch, Germany||Giant Slalom||1st|
|9 Mar 2013||Kranjska Gora, Slovenia||Giant Slalom||3rd|
|16 Mar 2013||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||Giant Slalom||3rd|
|2014||27 Oct 2013||Sölden, Austria||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|22 Dec 2013||Alta Badia, Italy||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|17 Jan 2014||Wengen, Switzerland||Super Combined||2nd|
|19 Jan 2014||Slalom||1st|
|26 Jan 2014||Kitzbühel, Austria||Super Combined||1st|
|2 Feb 2014||St. Moritz, Switzerland||Giant Slalom||3rd|
- "Mancuso, Pinturault claim Moscow city event points". Ski Racing.com. 21 February 2012.
- "Pinturault takes combined as Wengen weekend opens". Ski Racing.com. 18 January 2013.
- "JWSC: Alexis Pinturault (FRA) takes men’s giant slalom". fisalpine.com. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
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- Alexis Pinturault at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – Alexis Pinturault – World Cup season standings
- Ski-db.com – Alexis Pinturault – results
- French Ski Team – 2014 men's A team – (French)
- Salomon Racing.com – team – alpine skiing – Alexis Pinturault
- Official website (English), (French)
- Alexis Pinturault on Twitter