Alexis Pinturault (born 20 March 1991) is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist.
After claiming an Overall Europa Cup win (2010/11) and two Junior World Cup titles (2009 and 2011), the Frenchman from Moutier entered the World Cup circuit. Besides his fifteen World Cup victories through March 2016, he represented France at three World Championships (2011, 2013, and 2015), and at the Winter Olympics in 2014, where he won a bronze medal in the giant slalom. He was a two-time world junior champion in giant slalom, in 2009 and 2011.
A week before his 18th birthday, Pinturault made his World Cup debut in March 2009 in Åre, Sweden. His first podium came two years later in March 2011, a runner-up finish in giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. That fall, he was also a runner-up at Sölden in October 2011, and gained his first World Cup victory in February 2012, in the parallel slalom in Moscow, Russia.
In the 2013 season, Pinturault was unable 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 December, he won his second World Cup race in a slalom at Val-d'Isère, where he thrilled the home fans with a brilliant second run under the floodlights to rise from sixth place. Pinturault's third win was at the super-combined in Wengen, where his superior slalom skills were key. Pinturault did not medal at the 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. On 15 March, he was honored as the 2013 Longines Rising Star, as the top young racer (under 23) of the season.
3 wins and 5 World Cup podiums were added to his palmares in 2013/14. He also won the Combined ranking, and finished 3rd of the Giant Slalom standings and for the first time, on the podium (3rd) of the Overall ranking. Pinturault changed equipment after the 2014 season, from Salomon to Head.
In the World Cup season 2014/15, Pinturault claimed his first World Championship podium, earning a bronze medal in the Giant Slalom. In the regular World Cup season, he scored 2 wins and 4 podiums, which allowed him to claim a 3rd place in the Overall ranking for the second time.
In 2015/16, Pinturault almost doubled his number of wins, with among others four consecutive wins in Giant Slalom. In the end, he claimed 6 World Cup wins, 2 further podiums and his first crystal globe in Alpine Combined. For the 3rd consecutive time, Pinturault also finished 3rd of the Overall ranking.
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