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Pierre Vaultier

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Pierre Vaultier

Pierre Vaultier
  • Birth date 6/24/1987
  • Birthplace Briançon
  • Residence Briançon
  • Height/Weight 6'1"/ 189 lbs
  • Olympics 2006, 2010, 2014

Biography

When it came to the Olympics, the third time was the charm for French snowboard cross racer Pierre Vaultier. After placing 35th out of 36 athletes in Torino and crashing out of the quarterfinals in Vancouver, he broke through for an Olympic gold medal in 2014 despite riding with an injury that could have easily sidelined him.

About two months before the Sochi Games, Vaultier had torn an ACL at a World Cup event. Normally, that type of injury would require a lengthy recovery time, but he was able to bypass surgery and race with a knee brace at the Olympics. With expectations lowered, Vaultier — who has acknowledged that he's previously had issues at major competitions because he "doubted [his] ability" — was mentally focused and able to win his heat in all four rounds of racing.

In 2017, the Frenchman won his first world title and his fifth Crystal Globe (given to the champion of the World Cup circuit each season).
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Getting to know Pierre Vaultier

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2014 Olympic snowboard cross gold medalist

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5-time FIS World Cup season champion ('08, '10, '12, '16, '17)

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2017 snowboard cross world champion

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