Marta Bassino (ITA) and Henrik Kristofferson (NOR) were awarded the Longines Rising Ski Stars 2017 during the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen (USA) on 18th March 2017.
The title, which was presented by Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing, together with ski star Aksel Lund Svindal, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, rewards the best female skier under the age of 21 and the best male skier under the age of 23 in the overall World Cup standings.
Bassino picked up the prize for the first time. The 21-year old claimed third place in giant slalom in Aspen, Kronplatz (ITA) and Soelden (AUT) and collected an additional five top ten finishes.
22-year old Kristoffersen, who already won the prize the previous two seasons, claimed five slalom victories and finished second in the slalom and third in the overall World Cup standings.
Both skiers received a trophy, a cheque for CHF 20'000 and a Longines watch.
The prize forms part of several activities undertaken by Longines to support youth through sport and to encourage the development of young talent.
2015/16: Mikaela Shiffrin, Henrik Kristoffersen
2014/15: Mikaela Shiffrin, Henrik Kristoffersen
2013/14: Mikaela Shiffrin, Alexis Pinturault
2012/13: Mikaela Shiffrin, Alexis Pinturault