The 17 men and eleven women in the French ski team make sure they even have their national colours with their functional underwear: the French stars wear blue, white and red under their racing suit. We present the four most important athletes. But first of all: the French boast a top team of world champions and Olympic runner-ups.
The French ski racer Alexis Pinturault is one of the most successful athletes in his country. His special disciplines are giant slalom and combined. Besides his French citizenship, the 27-year-old also has Norwegian citizenship as his mother Hege comes from Norway. At age 15, he had the choice to become either a professional ski racer or a footballer. Two years later he joined the national ski team. He celebrated his World Cup début in March 2009 and has achieved 21 victories since then. He came third in the overall standings three times (2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016) and won combined World Cup four times (2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2015/2016, 2016/2017). At the 2017 World Championships, Pinturault won the gold medal in the team competition, plus a bronze medal in giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics and in the 2015 World Championships. He also won silver in the combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pinturault married his long-term partner Romane Faraut in 2017.
Victor Muffat-Jeandet is mainly successful in giant slalom and alpine combined. The 29-year-old made his début in the World Cup in 2009. Since then, he has achieved seven podium positions with a win in the super combined. He finished third twice in the combined World Cup (2014 (2015, 2017/2018). Muffat-Jeandet has not won any World Championship medals so far. Besides his World Cup podium positions, his greatest success is a bronze medal in the combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Muffat-Jeandet studies sports science in addition to his career as a professional athlete.
Clement Noel is a young French professional racer. His strongest disciplines are giant slalom and slalom. At the end of the 2016/2017 season, he surprisingly took the French slalom champion title, leaving famous racers like Victor Muffat-Jeandet and Jean-Baptiste Grange standing. The 21-year-old made his World Cup début in 2017. He ranked 44th in the overall standings and 18th in the slalom World Cup at the end of that season. He achieved impressive fourth places in the slalom and team competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Noel is being treated as a promising young star on the star. In the current season he reached the second round in Levi, but dropped out just before the finish.
Tessa Worley is a French ski racer – and is among the world’s elite. The 29-year-old has a French mother and an Australian father. She spent her first winters alternately in France and New Zealand. Worley specialises in the giant slalom discipline and has already celebrated excellent results. She won the World Championship title in her discipline in 2013 and 2017 and in the World Championship bronze medal in 2011. There are also two World Championship titles in the team competition in 2011 and 2017. She could not compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics due to a knee injury. She did not win any medals in Vancouver in 2010 or Pyeongchang in 2018. Worley made her World Cup début in 2006. She clinched her first victory in the giant slalom after just eleven races. This was the first World Cup victory for a Frenchwoman since Ingrid Jacquemod in 2005 and the first giant slalom World Cup victory since Régine Cavagnoud in 1999. She has won 13 races in the World Cup giant slalom so far. Tessa Worley’s partner is the ski racer Julien Lizeroux. She also belongs to the Mountain Military School ski team in Chamonix. At 158 centimetre tall and weighing 57 kilograms, she is one of the most petite athletes among the ski racers. Her stature has earned her the nickname "puce", which means flea. She won this season’s opening race.