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Ski legend Emile Allais passes away at 100
France’s Emile Allais, one of the first true ‘Ski Legends’ of alpine ski racing, passed away after a short illness on 17th October 2012 at the hospital in Sallanches (FRA), aged 100. A multiple world champion in the 1930s and a bronze medal winner at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Allais has been regarded as one of the greatest pioneers of Alpine Skiing.
The former champion from Megève had a tremendous impact on skiing during his entire life as he was involved in many developments in the 1950s and 1960s including creating the French Ski School, launching new resorts all over the world and developing new skis such as the revolutionary ‘Allais 60’ model.
A man of great vision, Emile Allais kept skiing himself until his late-90s, was also keen to modernise methods of course preparation in the Alps and improve safety on the slopes. For a long time, he was the oldest FIS World Champion alive. He won three gold medals in 1937 at the Chamonix World Championships in downhill, slalom and combined and another one in combined in 1938 in Engelberg (SUI), where he also finished 2nd in slalom and downhill. He also wrote several books on skiing and his life.
FIS sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Emil Allais.