Since switching over from Alpine skiing in 2010, French skier Jean Frederic Chapuis has quickly taken over the world of Audi ski cross, to the point where now, after just five season on tour, he has won nearly everything there is to win in the sport.
If there is such a thing as a "big game performer" in the world of ski cross, where so many outcomes are the result of a combination of luck and circumstance that can rarely be planned for, Jean-Fred is it.
He won gold at the Voss 2013 world championships despite having only one career podium and a handful of top-10 finishes to his name, and then finished that season with his first World Cup win at the final event in Are. Then, the next season at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, he took gold an improbable French sweep of the podium, after coming into the event with two straight 20th or worse results. And, like the season before, he finished the campaign with a victory in the final event, this time on home soil at La Plagne.
Then in 2014/15 he finally put it all together through an entire World Cup season, scoring podiums in all of the final six events - including four victories - to take the crystal globe by nearly 200 points over his nearest rival, finishing the season in third on the Freestyle overall points list. And were it not for a last-corner charge by Filip Flisar (SLO) at the Kreischberg 2015 world championships, he would also have defended his world champion title - instead, he was forced to settle for silver.
Olympic gold, world championships gold and silver, a crystal globe, 12 World Cup podiums that include six victories, and a ski cross course at his home mountain in Val Thorens that has been named in his honour - Jean Fred Chapuis has truly done it all. No longer the underdog, in 2015/16 he will be the man to beat.
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|1606222.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||9||290.00|
|1606121.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||26||50.00|
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