Shiffrin and Pinturault “Longines Rising Ski Stars”
United States rising star Mikaela Shiffrin and Frenchmen Alexis Pinturault have been awarded the “Longines Rising Stars Prize” at the 2012/13 Alpine Skiing Finals in Lenzerheide (SUI). Both were handed a trophy and a Longines watch along with a cheque for 20’000 CHF.
With six podium finishes, of which three were victories as well as a slalom gold medal from the World Championships, Shiffrin has had an outstanding season. The same can be said of Pinturault who clinched three victories and seven podiums to become the best young male skier.
“It’s very exciting for me especially as one of my goals was to be the youngest to win World Cups, to leave a mark as a young athlete,” Shiffrin said about winning the prize. “It’s exciting that there is an award dedicated to young athletes and their success. It’s cool to push young athletes to do their very best and to know that there is an award for them even if they don’t win the overall globe or they are not up for titles. It gives them something to shoot for”, she added.
About the award
Longines, the well-known Swiss watch brand and official timekeeper for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup competitions and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, decided to introduce the “Longines Rising Ski Stars” prize for the 2012/2013 skiing season. It is awarded to the best young female (under 21) and male (under 23) athlete who compete in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.