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Let’s head for Beijing 2022: portraits of the champions of the southern French Alps

In the powder snow, it’s difficult to follow their tracks, but we can follow their exploits with admiration. The southern French Alps see many sportspeople and enthusiasts in search of a medal grow up and make progress. Meet the kings and queens of the slopes who really know how to turn tricks!

Mathieu Faivre, Isola 2000’s outstanding rider

Born in Isola 2000, in the most famous of the ski resorts of the Côte d’Azur, Mathieu Faivre grew up beside his grandfather ski-instructor. His mother works in the resort and his grandfather is a voluntary worker with the Club des Sports of Isola. Thanks to his family heritage firmly rooted in the Alpine world, the skier from the Alpes-Maritimes was named the future star of downhill skiing before becoming double world champion in Giant slalom and Parallel slalom. Matthieu skis in Savoie and Switzerland but particularly likes skiing in the southern French Alps which offer hot ends of season and a radiant sun. With the Mediterranean not far away, the skier loves the fact that he can spend afternoons by the sea after a few intense ski training sessions. Cycling, golf, tennis, hockey, volleyball, …  Mathieu loves sport and does quite a few! Even though the Alps are his main playground, the World Cup circuits have taken him off on many trips, among them the runs of the United States, Japan and even Croatia. Before trying his luck in the 2022 Olympic Games, Mathieu will have to play his cards right during the next downhill ski races.

Lucile Lefevre, head in the clouds in the Hautes-Alpes!

At just 6 years old, Lucie Lefèvre was already surfing in the powder snow. She became really keen on freestyle snowboard. At the time, her father who was a snowboard instructor taught her the fundamentals of this very specific discipline, which is a mixture of surfboarding, skateboarding and skiing. From Briançon, the surfer started to do snowboarding in the Risoul club where she still trains today. As the French Big Air champion, she does impressive figures from a ski jump or Slopestyle on a downhill run with rails. A skateboarder at heart and third in the Junior World Championship, she also masters the half-pipe, a similar module to the ones in skateparks which have your head spinning! To get ready for Snowboard Slopestyle event in Pyeongchang, she filmed a web series on her preparation: well-trained and determined, you can follow her on a stage of the World Cup in China. She is one of the 30 best snowboarders in the world. She is a member of the “Ecrins Snowboard” club in Puy-Saint-Vincent, and if you’re passing through you might just get a chance to admire her freestyle!

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