Alexis Pinturault is a ski racer who won a silver medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Read more facts about him, including his net worth.
Who is Alexis Pinturault?
Alexis Pinturault was born in 1991. He is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and an Olympic medalist. Pinturault has had seventeen World Cup victories till December 2016. He represented France at three World Championships and in Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in the giant slalom. He was also a two-time world junior champion in giant slalom, in 2009 and 2011. Pinturault was born in Moûtiers, Savoie but he grew up in Annecy. His mother, Hege Wiig Pinturault, is from Bergen, Norway, and he spent many of his childhood summers in Norway at Hestnesøy, near Grimstad. Pinturault has dual citizenship and was a double junior world champion in giant slalom in 2009 and 2011. In his biography, Pinturault has stated that he enjoys all kinds of sports and he loves to spend time with his family and girlfriend. He also enjoys reading and watching movies. He has graduated with a major in science in 2010. When he was young he used to practice many different sports for couple of years like: tennis, fencing, wakeboard, ice hockey and some combat sports. But then, he spent almost fifteen years skiing and playing soccer. Alexis Pinturault is a French-Norwegian. His mother, Hege, is Norwegian, and his father, Claude, is French. He started skiing at the age of two because of the encouragement from his parents. He made his first turns on the slopes just next to Hotel Annapurna and since then, skiing has always been a big part of his life. His older sister is working into the family Hotel. While his little brother, would rather like to go the sports way. Since he became World Junior Champion for the first time in 2009, everything happened faster in his life. At that time his future in ski became clear. Alexis Pinturault married his girlfriend Romane Faraut. The marriage took place in the weekend of September 9 and 10 in 2017. The marriage took place not in the mountains, but on the Côte d’Azur in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Career of the ski racer
Pinturault had made his World Cup Debut just a week before his 18th birthday in March 2009 in Are, Sweden. His first podium came two years after that in March 2011 in which he had a runner-up finish in giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Later that year in fall, he also became a runner-up at Sölden in October 2011, and gained his first World Cup victory in February 2012, in the parallel slalom in Moscow, Russia. Pinturault could not make it to the season start in Sölden in October 2012, as he had unfortunately injured his ankle while playing tennis and had to pause for a three-month period. In December that year, he won his second World Cup race in a slalom at Val-d’Isère, where he made himself and his country proud with a brilliant second run under the floodlights to rise from sixth place. He managed to beat Germany’s Felix Neureuther by half a second and future World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who led by 0.57 seconds after the first run. Pinturault’s third win was at the super-combined in Wengen, Switzerland, where his superior slalom skills were key. After placing 22nd in the downhill portion, he finished 1.15 seconds ahead of Ivica Kostelić of Croatia. The training run for the downhill portion was his first time on downhill skis for months, as he had missed pre-season speed training after surgery on his left ankle in August which was done to repair ligaments that were damaged while playing tennis. Pinturault did not get any medal at the world championships in 2013, but had managed to get four top-six finishes. A week later he claimed a fourth World Cup win, his first in giant slalom, at Garmisch, Germany. Second after the first run, Pinturault’s total time was 0.60 seconds ahead of runner-up Hirscher. On 15 March, he was honored as the 2013 Longines Rising Star, as the top young racer (under 23) of the season. Pinturault changed his equipment after the 2014 season, from Salomon to Head.
The net worth of the ski racer is currently under review.
Alexis Pinturault has won the following medals in his skiing career so far: * Silver medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in Combined event.
* Bronze medal at the Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in Giant slalom.
* Bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in Giant slalom. * Gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz in Team event.
* Bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek in Giant slalom.
* Gold medal at the 2009 Junior World Ski Championships in Garmisch in Giant slalom.
* Gold medal at the 2011 Junior World Ski Championships in Crans-Montana in Giant slalom.
Alexis Pinturault is available on Instagram @alexispinturault. The ski racer uploads a lot of his photos on his official Instagram page.