Jean-Pierre Vidal

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Jean-Pierre Vidal
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Men's alpine skiing
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Slalom
World Championships
Bronze 2005 Bormio Nations' Team
World Military Ski Championships
Gold 2004 Åre Giant Slalom[1]
Universiade
Gold 1999 Poprad Tatry Giant Slalom[2]
Bronze 1999 Poprad Tatry Slalom[2]
French Championships (FIS)
Gold 2001 Courchevel Slalom
Gold 2001 Courchevel Giant Slalom
Gold 2003 Les Menuires Slalom
Gold 2004 Flaine Giant Slalom
Gold 2005 Alpe d'Huez Giant Slalom

Jean-Pierre Vidal (born February 24, 1977 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie) is a French alpine skier. As a young skier, he focused mainly on downhill. After hurting his knee, however, he decided to go for slalom. In 2002, he had his best year, winning a gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics and a victory in the World Championships. A song was called after him (Slalom dans la tête) and in the French ski resort Les Sybelles, a lift was named after his gold medal as well (Médaille d'Or in La Toussuire). After this fantastic year, it took Vidal until 2006 to return to the highest level of skiing competition. In January 2006, he won a race in Kitzbühel. Barely a month later, on February 24, 2006, he broke his forearm during a training session in Turin. He then decided to stop his professional career. At this time, the 2006 Winter Olympics were not over yet.

He is the brother of alpine skier Vanessa Vidal[3] and the nephew of alpine skiers Jean-Noël Augert[4] and Jean-Pierre Augert.[5]

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location Race
December 22, 2001 Slovenia Kranjska Gora Slalom
January 22, 2006 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results". International Military Sports Council. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "VIDAL Jean-Pierre - Biographie". Fédération Internationale de Ski. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vanessa Vidal hospitalisée" [Vanessa Vidal hospitalised]. L'Équipe (in French). 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vidal seals Kitzbuehel slalom win". bbc.co.uk. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Augert, Vidal: une station "éleveuse" de champions" [Augert, Vidal: a "breeder" resort for champions]. Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). 22 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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