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Alexis Pinturault, blank page and new chapter

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Alexis Pinturault, blank page and new chapter
Written by madishthestylebar

You can be the winner of the big globe of the World Cup, a skier with 34 successes, a serious candidate for his own succession, a monster both physical and mental and yet completely miss out on his season. This is what happened to Alexis Pinturault in 2021/2022. No victory, three podiums and failed Olympics have convinced him that his approach had not been the right one after the Grail reached a year and a half ago. Pinturault took stock, understood what he had to change and hopes to slowly become again who he was.

Since numbers are often better than a long speech, here are a few. Never since 2012 and his first success in the World Cup, he had finished a season without a win. Never since the 2010/2011 season had he collected so few podiums (at least 4 and often eight). Finally, his 10th place in the general classification is by far his worst record when he had been in the Top 6 at least since 2013. In short, if we could fear the following season, a certain dose of pessimism was needed for the imagine so catastrophic.

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A book to turn for the page

How does he explain it? “I didn’t take enough time for myself to rest, I was extremely tired. I was relatively in the dark last season. All this, automatically, it does not work in high level sport“, he details for Eurosport. Pinturault ran after himself, the weather, the sensations, without ever finding them despite two podiums in two weeks at the end of 2021-beginning of 2022. And even the hope of seeing him get up for the Games was in vain, unlike this nightmare season. A failure yes, but far from being devoid of lessons.

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This black season undoubtedly marks a turning point in his career. If we had to be convinced, the release of his book “De l’or au cristal” (published by Marabout) is a good argument. This had already been offered to him but he thought he had to wait until the end of his professional career. “I’m still active, I still ski but I felt it was necessary to close a chapter“, he said to our microphone. No doubt to start again.

How ? By taking time, he repeats. Alexis Pinturault only resumed his preparation when he felt like it. His schedule has adapted to him, not the other way around. “It was important for me to take time for questioning. Do I still want this? Am I still having fun?“, he confides to us again. Yes, the word “retirement” crossed the mind of the most successful French skier in the World Cup (34).

The big globe? This is not Pinturault’s “priority”

So don’t talk to him about the general classification and the big globe. This goal would make no sense to him. “It’s not my priority. Today I don’t have any achievements, I didn’t win last season, I only made 3 podiums. I’m starting from a blank page“At 31, the exercise has something to excite.”I have to rediscover the pleasure, this desire. I have to put this in place on the competitions, it will perhaps take a little time. I want to ski as fast as possible and go for victories… Except that I don’t know if at the start of the season I’m capable of it.”

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So don’t expect Alexis Pinturault to break the house at the giant opening in Sölden this Sunday. In high-level sport, the result always takes precedence over the rest. At least from the outside. From a distance, no one really understood what was going on in Alexis Pinturault’s head last season. Even if he confided in his discomfort, identifying the feelings that will inhabit him in Austria will still be complicated. If he regains pleasure and confidence, things will move in the right direction. And in his case, it will be anything but trivial.

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