Long-time FIS Official Timing and Data Partner Longines was proud to present the fifth edition of the Longines Future Ski Champions race, which brought together the twelve best male skiers under the age of 16in Åre (SWE) as part of the FIS Alpine World Cup Finals.
Italy’s Lorenzo Thomas Bini won the race, a giant slalom in two runs which took place on the same slope as the World Cup Finals, with a time of 2:12.16, followed by Benjamin Hoareau of France (+0.31) and Anton Rösnäs of Sweden (+1.59).
With the victory, Bini claimed the illustrious status of Longines Future Ski Champion, winning a crystal globe etched with the names of the previous Future Champions. He was also awarded a Longines watch and a cheque donated to the Italian Ski Federation to invest in their junior programme activities.
The event was held under the patronage of Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Aksel Lund Svindal and Mikaela Shiffrin.
Furthermore, the Swiss watch brand awarded the Longines Rising Ski Stars award to Swiss sister and brother Mélanie and Loïc Meillard, who have distinguished themselves as the best female skier (under 21) and the best male skier (under 23) of the overall FIS Alpine World Cup 2017/18 standings. The siblings earned the prize for the first time, and both received a Longines timepiece, a trophy, as well as a cheque.
With a former speed skier as their father, Mélanie and Loïc have found their form in the technical disciplines with 19-year-old Mélanie claiming third place in the city event in Oslo (NOR) and Loïc taking fourth place in giant slalom in Åre as their best 2017/18 FIS World Cup season results.