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 then Jean Frederic Chapuis is just that performer, having won nearly everything there is to win in the sport - sometimes twice.
He won gold at the Voss 2013 Freestyle World Ski 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 while 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 Freestyle World Ski Championships, he would also have defended his world champion title - instead, he was forced to settle for silver.
In 2015/16 he kept right on rolling along, racking up four victories and six podiums - including a win at his home course in Val Thorens on the course that was named after him following his win in Sochi. By season's end in Arosa Chapuis would find himself in possession of the crystal globe for the second season in a row and his claim to the title of "best ski cross racer in the world" truly uncontested.
2017/18 saw Chapuis set yet another milestone, becoming the first man in ski cross history to win three-straight crystal globes after a season in which he claimed four victories and six total podiums, as well as the inaugural Cross Alps Tour title.
Olympic gold, world championships gold and silver, two ski cross crystal globes, 24 World Cup podiums (with 14 victories), Cross Alps Tour winner, 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.