"I want to make history in my sport," says French alpine skiing pro Alexis Pinturault, and he's done just that.
It was obvious from an early age, when he first became Junior world champion, that Pinturault was destined for great things. Though polite, kind and discreet, he also has a quiet determination he puts into action.
He was brought up to be a winner. "My dad, Claude, is demanding," he says. "He knows his business and has always told me that you have to win to earn respect. My mother is athletic too… I must have inherited their competitive genes." He chose skiing over another promising career in football.
It was a wise move. At the end of the 2013–14 season, Pinturault claimed third place in the overall World Cup rankings and a bronze medal in the Sochi Olympics. 2015–16 was even better and brought him a hard-earned Crystal Globe in the FIS Combined World Cup.Read more