Franck Piccard

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Franck Piccard
Franck Piccard 1989 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Franck Piccard on a 1989 Uruguayan stamp
Personal information
Born 17 September 1965 (1965-09-17) (age 51)
Albertville, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Sport
Sport alpine skiing
Club Les Saisies

Franck Piccard (born 17 September 1965) is a French former Alpine skier. A native of Les Saisies, Piccard won a total of four Alpine skiing World Cup races. At the 1988 Olympics in Calgary he won a gold medal in the Super-G competition (the first Olympic gold-medal for a French ski racer since 1968, when Jean-Claude Killy became a three-times gold-medalist) and a bronze medal in the downhill. At the 1992 Olympics in Albertville he won a silver medal in the downhill. He also could achieve a bronze-medal in the Super-G-Race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships 1991.

First excellent success was winning a gold-medal in the downhill race in the FIS Alpine Skiing Junior World Championships 1982 at Auron. First "World Cup Points", he could catch on December 10th, 1983, placed 4th in the Super-G at Val-d’Isère, first win was in the Super-G on March 23rd, 1988, at Beaver Creek. At the begin of his skiing career he did prefer starting in Downhill and Super-G races, later he changed to the Giant Slalom. Last World Cup race was on February 10th, 1996, in the Giant Slalom at Hinterstoder; he was placed 27th (therefore one place - and 0,38 sec. - behind Hermann Maier at his debut in World Cup Races). Afterwards, he did start in so-called FIS-races and in the French Championships, until the year 2000. He could achieve a three-times French Champion (1985 till 1993).

Another results in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships:

Bormio 1985: Alpine Combined 6th; Downhill 15th.
Crans-Montana 1987: Super-G 10th; Alpine Combined 10th.
Vail 1989: Super-G 10th.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm 1991: Super-G 3rd; Giant Slalom 13th; Downhill 15th.
Sierra Nevada 1996: Giant Slalom 15h.
In the Giant Slalom at Morioka in 1993 he didn't finish the first run, held on February 9th.


After retiring from downhill skiing, Piccard competed in long-distance cross-country skiing at the national level in 2006–2009. In 1988, he was awarded the Prix de la ville de Paris by the French Academy of Sports.[1]

His father gave him the name Franck in tribute to Frank Sinatra.[2]Piccard's siblings Leila Piccard, Ian Piccard and Jeff Piccard also competed as alpine skiers,[2] as does his daughter Lucie.[3] Another brother, Ted Piccard, has competed in both alpine skiing and skiercross.[4]

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location Race
13 March 1988 United States Beaver Creek Super-G
11 January 1990 Austria Schladming Downhill
2 December 1990 France Valloire Super-G
30 October 1993 Austria Sölden Giant slalom

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franck Piccard Archived 28 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Sports Reference]
  2. ^ a b "Nagano Olympics – Athlete profile: Leila Piccard". CNN/SI. 3 February 1998. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Russian Golenkova Takes Downhill Gold". 2013 Winter Universiade. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Keillor, Lynn (21 January 2010). "Ted Piccard Battles Health, Heritage". ESPN. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

FIS-ski biography for Franck Piccard