Guy Périllat

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Guy Périllat
Guy Périllat 1966.jpg
Guy Périllat c. 1966
Personal information
Born 24 February 1940 (1940-02-24) (age 77)
Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport Alpine skiing
Club Club Ski de La Clusaz

Guy Périllat Merceroz (born 24 February 1940) is a former alpine ski racer from the resort of La Clusaz, Haute-Savoie, one of the top ski racers of the 1960s.[1][2][3]

At age 20, Périllat won a bronze medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in downhill, and the gold medal in the combined, a non-Olympic event at the time, but a World Championship title. The following year, Périllat won both the classic downhills of Wengen and Kitzbühel, at the time only the third racer to have accomplished the feat in the same season.[1]

The count now includes ten racers, with Austrians as the only multiple double-winners; Toni Sailer twice (1956–57), and Franz Klammer three consecutive (197577). The others are Christian Pravda of Austria (1954), Jean-Claude Killy of France (1967), Karl Schranz of Austria (1969), Roland Collombin of Switzerland (1974), Ken Read of Canada (1980), Franz Heinzer of Switzerland (1992), and Stephan Eberharter of Austria (2002).

At the 1962 World Championships in Chamonix, France, Périllat took second in the slalom. Four years later at Portillo, Chile in 1966, he won the world championship in the giant slalom and again took the silver in the slalom.

While most of his success came before the World Cup era, Périllat won two slalom races in the first World Cup season of 1967.

Périllat took the silver medal in the downhill at the 1968 Winter Olympics, finishing behind countryman Jean-Claude Killy. Périllat retired from international competition following the 1969 season at the age of 29.[1]

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location Race
29 January 1967 France Megève Slalom
5 February 1967 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom


  1. ^ a b c Guy Périllat.
  2. ^ Guy Perillat Draws No. 1. Washington Post (17 February 1962). Retrieved on 2014-08-26.
  3. ^ A Ski Champion's Life Is Not All Downhill; Pressure in France Makes Comeback a Hard Task Perillat, Yesterday's Hero, Is Called a Failure Today An Extraordinary Feat A Hard Life. New York Times (4 February 1962). Retrieved on 2014-08-26.

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