Alexis Pinturault celebrates his birthday with a victory today at Lenzerheide and grabs the Overall and Giant Slalom Crystal Globes.
Pinturault is the third Frenchman to win the Overall Globe, after Jean-Claude Killy (1966-1967, 1967-1968) and Luc Alphand (1996-1997). It is also the first Giant Slalom crystal globe for him.
The Men's Giant Slalom crystal globe was won by a French skier on four previous occasions: Killy in 1966-1967 and 1967-1968, Patrick Russel in 1970-1971, and Frederic Covili in 2001-2002.
Alexis Pinturault finished in the top-five in each of the ten Giant Slalom events this World Cup season. He claimed three successive wins in Alta Badia and Adelboden (2).
He claims four Giant Slalom wins in a World Cup season for the second time, after 2015-2016.
He has achieved 18 World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom. It was also his 34th career World Cup Victory, nine best on the all-time list.
Pinturault had already won seven World Cup Globes, six times in the men's Alpine combined and one in the Parallel Event.
“I was really tired after the World Championships and struggled the last few weeks, (...) After Kranjska Gora, I was really frustrated. And Marco was getting really good results, so I felt the pressure. Today, it was clear what I had to do – I actually felt more pressure in Kranjksa than I did today”, said Pinturault.
"I’ve worked so hard for so many years and now it feels really great that it’s coming back. Claiming a globe and also a big globe at the same time is something really unbelievable (...) It was always something I was searching for and pushing for a lot of years. It’s been a hard year with some ups and downs, but in the end, the Big Globe is always something special in our sport and I’m really happy that I can bring it home", He added.