POSTED: Friday April 1st 2011
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Annecy 2018 salutes a golden season

Jean-baptiste Grange copyright Alexis BOICHARD
Jean-baptiste Grange copyright Alexis BOICHARD

Thirteen world medals (five gold, four silver and four bronze), eight European medals (seven gold and one silver), twenty-seven World Cup victories for a total of five large Crystal Globes, two discipline leaders, one second-place and one third-place finish… French athletes have had an impressive 2010-2011 season!

"France's winter athletes have been constantly and regularly progressing, so we have to look to the future," said Jean-Pierre Vidal, Olympic Slalom Champion (2002) and Vice-President of Annecy 2018. "We want to ensure the sustainable growth of winter sports. For example, the international training centre we aim to open for the facilities in Annecy will serve several generations of athletes from all disciplines, Olympic and Paralympic alike."

Pernilla Wiberg, Olympic Alpine Skiing Champion (1992 and 1994) and Vice-President of Annecy 2018, observed that, "Having so many French athletes on the highest steps of the podium is proof of France's ties to the mountains and to snow and ice sports. We are fortunate that so many of these champions are so committed to Annecy 2018."

This bumper crop of medals may not be over yet, since the figure skating world championships will be held in Moscow from 24th April to 1st May. And the French Ice Hockey team, led by 2010 NHL champion and Annecy 2018 supporter Cristobal Huet, may well surprise us at the World Championships (29th April to 15th May).

Alpine skiing

4 medals at the world championships: gold for Jean-Baptiste Grange (slalom), gold for Tessa Worley, Anémone Marmottan, Taïna Barioz, Cyprien Richard, Thomas Fanara, Gauthier de Tessières (team event), silver for Cyprien Richard (giant slalom) and bronze for Tessa Worley (giant slalom).

8 world cup victories (20 podiums): Grange (3), Worley (3) Richard (1), Adrien Théaux (1, downhill)

Biathlon

4 medals at the world championships: gold (pursuit) and silver (sprint) for Martin Fourcade, bronze for Anaïs Bescond, Marie-Laure Brunet, Sophie Boilley and Marie Dorin (4 x 6 km relay), bronze for Marie-Laure Brunet, Marie Dorin, Alexis B“uf and Martin Fourcade (2 x 6 km + 2 x 7.5 km relays)

3 world cup victories (21 podiums): Fourcade (2), B“uf (1)

Fourcade finished third overall

Cross-country skiing

4 world cup podiums

Ski jumping and Nordic combined

2 medals at the world championships: gold for Jason Lamy-Chappuis (individual K120 + 10km) and bronze for Coline Mattel (K90)

4 world cup victories (9 podiums): Lamy-Chappuis (4)

Lamy-Chappuis won the large Crystal Globe

Freestyle skiing

2 medals at the world championships: gold for Guilbaut Colas (moguls) and silver for Kevin Rolland (half-pipe)

7 world cup victories (17 podiums): Colas (4), Rolland (1), Xavier Bertoni (1, half-pipe), Ophélie David (1, ski-cross)

Colas won the Crystal Globe and finished as the moguls leader, Benoit Valentin finished as the half-pipe leader, Bertoni second

Snowboarding

1 medal at the world championships: silver for Nelly Moenne Loccoz (snowboard cross)

2 world cup victories (13 podiums): Pierre Vaultier (1, snowboard cross), Sylvain Dufour (1, parallel giant slalom)

Figure skating

3 medals at the European championships: gold for Florent Amodio and for the pair formed by Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat (ice dancing), silver for Brian Joubert

Short-track

5 medals at the European championships: all of them gold medals for Thibaut Fauconnet (500 metres, 1000, 1500, 3000 and thus the overall)

3 world cup victories: Fauconnet (3)

Fauconnet won the Crystal Globe for the 1000m and the overall, Maxime Chataignier won it for the 1500m

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