Although Pierre Vaultier made his first turns in the 2006 season, this young rider born 1987 in Briancon took the scene by storm in the following years. Now, he is the top bit for victory in every race which he enters.
After having been skiing ever since age 2 and a half, the Serre Chevalier resident quickly fell in love with snowboarding. The five-years-old boy took the board of his older neighbour and started to learn how to ride in his parent's garden. From there on, he went on with it. "What I love about snowboarding is the spirit and the freedom which make snowboarding so different to other sports", Vaultier states.
And as he was always into the variety of the sport, it was predictable that he would end up with snowboard cross. Being a true athlete, he also brings in the right competitor attitude which he switches on when entering the start gate. "I love the fight for crossing the finish line first, to be the fastest on the course." This character mixed with a perfect gliding technique, a strong condition to absorb and work through the roller sections, taking on big jumps and an eye for the perfect line quickly made him the rising star of the snowboard cross scene.
Three months after his first World Cup start in Valle Nevado, Chile, the Frenchman claimed his first podium spot by finishing as runner-up in his fifth ever race at Whistler. In a total of 36 World Cup races until the end of the 2011 season he earned 14 additional podium results including eleven victories - an incredible record for this complete rider.
What is missing to his belt so far is a major title, an Olympic or FIS World Championships medal. So far, he ended up as 41st at the 2007 Worlds in Arosa, Switzerland and as 35th out of 36 at the 2006 Torino Winter Games. In addition, he failed on his mission to Gold as 5th ranked rider of the 2011 Worlds and by placing ninth at the 2010 Olympics.
But those results didn't put him back. His main goal as professional snowboarder always remained the same: "For sure I want to succeed at the Olympic Games and World Championships. I will try to grab every title I can."
Despite several trowhbacks due to injury. After he successfully came back from a vertebrae injury in 2008, he once again had to undergo a surgery in the 2012 season.
But known for his fighting spirit, Vaultier made it back to the top of his game winning the 2013 season's World Cup finals thus underlining that he is a force to beat this winter - and at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.